Columbus Crew stun Tigres in Mexico and deny Liga MX a sweep of MLS teams in Champions Cup

Columbus goalie Patrick Schulte saved the first two attempts in a penalty shootout as the Crew advanced past Tigres UANL on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Concacaf Champions Cup at San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico.

Tigres grabbed an early lead on a goal from Gignac in the third minute. Schulte got caught in possession inside his own 6-yard box, and Gignac tapped the ball into the vacated goal.

The Crew tied the match in the 59th minute with an impressive counterattack. Hernandez ran onto a long pass down the left flank and centered to Mohamed Farsi, who laid the ball off for Diego Rossi to deliver a 10-yard shot with his right foot.

Following the 1-1 draw in regulation and 30 scoreless minutes of extra time in the second leg of the two-match, total-goal series, the Crew emerged with a 4-3 win on penalties. The teams also played to a 1-1 tie in Columbus last week.

Schulte turned aside shots from Andre-Pierre Gignac and Guido Pizarro to begin the shootout. Columbus made its first three attempts before Cucho Hernandez missed with a shot off the post, keeping Tigres alive. Jesus Angulo scored for the hosts before Max Arfsten slotted home the winning attempt.

Next up for Columbus is a two-leg semifinal against either Inter Miami or Monterrey. Those two teams conclude their quarterfinal series on Wednesday in Guadalupe, Mexico, with Monterrey ahead 2-1.

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