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FIFA Club World Cup 2020 – News – Gonzalez: Proud Tigres came here for the trophy

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FIFA Club World Cup 2020 - News - Gonzalez: Proud Tigres came here for the trophy
  • Carlos Gonzalez signed for Tigres in December to associate Gignac
  • He received the penalty for decisive semi-last aim
  • Gonzalez: “This triumph is for our fans”

When Tigres UANL recruited Carlos Gonzalez in December 2020, the hope was that the Paraguayan entrance man would type an efficient strike partnership with Andre-Pierre Gignac, not least at the imminent FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™. It is a match with no margin for error and which calls for a step-up in high quality, one thing the Mexican aspect have demonstrably proven.

Gonzalez was unquestionably one in every of the key figures in the historic 1-0 conquer Palmeiras in the semi-finals that made Tigres the first Mexican aspect to win a Club World Cup semi-last in ten makes an attempt.

Moreover, the two earlier semi-finals between groups representing CONCACAF and CONMEBOL had gone the approach of the South Americans, who had not even conceded a aim. All these sequences lastly ended because of an impressed efficiency by Los Felinos, with Gonzalez amongst their quantity.

“Here we are, with the stars in the sky shining down on us. We’re very proud of what we’ve done, and I imagine there are a few tears among our fans. This triumph is for them,” the participant nicknamedCharlymentioned at the put up-match press convention.

It is true that the 28-12 months-outdated centre ahead, who was signed from Pumas to ship objectives, was not on track himself towards Palmeiras, however just some superlative stops from Weverton prevented that. In the first half, the Brazilian produced one in every of the saves of the match when he parried a bullet of header from shut vary by the Paraguayan.

Even so, Gonzalez’s contribution in assault was noteworthy, along with his position as goal man permitting Gignac to drop deeper and focus extra on the artistic aspect. Thus, each gamers managed to pop up unnoticed on a couple of event and bother the Verdão defence.

The finest instance was in the construct-as much as the penalty that led to the profitable aim. Catching Luan off guard, Gonzalez stole a yard on the defender, who had no choice to deliver him down to forestall a one-on-one with Weverton. Gignac dispatched the ensuing spot-kick, and the relaxation is now historical past.

“The triumph was down to immense effort. We achieved what we set out to do and are thrilled to be playing in a long-awaited final. Were it not for their keeper, the winning margin could have been greater,” added the striker, who spent his early years as an expert in Chile, earlier than transferring to Mexico, the place he had profitable stints with Necaxa and Pumas.

And to assume that Gonzalez virtually missed the Club World Cup due to a muscle damage picked up in a Mexican league sport simply the week earlier than his aspect headed to Qatar. His coach Ferretti didn’t danger beginning him of their opening sport towards Ulsan Hyundai FC, preferring to deliver him on solely in the second half.

Now, as you’d count on from somebody along with his persona and infectious vitality, he needs to go all the approach. “No other Mexican team have gone this far, but now we want more. We came here hoping to lift the trophy and now that we’re close, we’re encouraged and motivated that we can achieve our goal.”

Carlos Gonzalez of Tigres UANL looks on during a Post Match Interview 

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