- Tigres began FIFA Club World Cup marketing campaign by going a aim behind
- Andre-Pierre Gignac brace turned the sport round
- “These matches are decided by details”
Tigres UANL acquired off to a shaky begin of their FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™ opener in opposition to Ulsan Hyundai, falling behind after simply 24 minutes courtesy of a robust header by Kim Keehee.
Despite this impolite awakening, it was the Mexican aspect that have been smiling on the remaining whistle because of, who else however, Andre-Pierre Gignac. The Frenchman delivered the 2 targets that allowed Los Felinos to show the sport round earlier than half-time and progress to the semi-finals, the place they may face Brazil’s Palmeiras on 7 February.
And if that weren’t sufficient, Gignac’s opening strike, steered in from shut vary after Diego Reyes flicked a nook into his path, was the four-hundredth aim in Club World Cup history, one other spectacular statistic within the striker’s glittering profession.
What they stated
“These matches are determined by particulars. They opened the scoring from a nook earlier than we equalised the identical manner, and it was from one other nook that they dealt with for our penalty. That’s what these video games are like – there aren’t any straightforward opponents. We’re at a world championship, so a very powerful was successful tonight. That was our goal, as a result of we know we’re capable of making history and need to achieve this.
“Every match is different but tonight we faced a really good team. The Koreans played a great game and had big, strong players – I was expecting them to be smaller in stature. They were also very good on the ball. Now we have to face a different kind of opponent in Palmeiras, so we’re going to analyse them to see what we can do against them.”
“So much of folks thought this was going to be a straightforward match, however, as I stated beforehand, we’re not a group that underestimates anybody. Our opponents performed superb soccer and had executed their homework, however we managed to win. We don’t take any opponent frivolously, however nor can we construct groups as much as be larger than they’re. That’s our mindset.
“We know what Palmeiras represent and that they’re Libertadores champions, which I know all about, being a Brazilian. We’ll confront them like we did Ulsan. With respect; no more, no less.”
Ricardo Ferretti, Tigres coach
Gignac in numbers
Gignac is used to racking up large numbers. Today he grabbed the four-hundredth aim within the competitors’s history, however there are a number of different stats that attest to the greatness of the French marksman.
The quantity of targets he has netted for Tigres in all competitions, making him the membership’s all-time main scorer. Tomas Boy, with 104, is subsequent on the checklist.
The proportion of Tigres’ targets that Gignac has a hand in, both scoring himself or offering assists.
Gignac is the third highest scoring Frenchman in Club World Cup history. One extra aim will carry him degree with compatriots Nicolas Anelka and Karim Benzema.
The quantity of occasions he has been prime scorer within the Mexican league (2016, 2018 and 2019).
The quantity of occasions he prime-scored within the French Ligue 1, again in 2009.