Tigres UANL 2, Real Salt Lake 0 | CONCACAF Champions League Match Recap

Javier Morales - Real Salt Lake - 2015-16 Champions League - Tigres

Real Salt Lake wasted their few chances in front of goal, and Tigres UANL handed them a 2-0 loss in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals series on Wednesday night. Tigres UANL came out on top at home thanks to second-half goals from Jose Rivas and Jurgen Damm. Rivas scored the winner via a header in the 67th minute, and Damm added to the lead four minutes from the end of regulation with a shot from point-blank range.

RSL were undone in part because of some wayward finishing. Yura Movsisyan had a glorious look in the 40th minute when he was slipped in on goal, but he failed to get around the ball and sent it high and wide of the frame. Five minutes later, Kyle Beckerman was called for a handball in the penalty area before Nick Rimando came to the rescue by smothering Andre-Pierre Gignac's weak attempt from the spot. 

Box Score

Three Things

  1. TROUBLE IN MEXICO: Real Salt Lake had never beaten a Liga MX club on the road in the CONCACAF Champions League coming into Wednesday's bout, and that still holds true after the shutout loss.
  2. RECORD RUN ENDS: RSL also entered the road game with the CONCACAF Champions League record for most minutes played without conceding a goal (586), and that was pushed to 652 minutes before Rivas netted.
  3. MOVSISYAN RETURN: Yura Movsisyan officially made his Real Salt Lake return in the match, starting and playing 72 minutes. Movsisyan had two of RSL's best scoring chances, but orbited one shot and was denied on another.

Next Up

  • RSL: Wednesday 3/2 vs. Tigres UANL (10 pm ET)