Andre-Pierre Gignac struck twice as Tigres UANL came from behind to beat Ulsan Hyundai FC and set up a FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™ semi-final with Palmeiras.
Frenchman Gignac, the Mexicans’ all-time leading scorer (146 goals in all competitions), turned the global showpiece's opening match on its head with an opportunistic brace – a tap-in and a penalty – late in the first half.
Kim Keehee had earlier put the Asian champions into a 24th-minute lead at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan with a powerful near-post header from Yoon Bitgaram’s inswinging corner.
But despite the Asian champions' best efforts in a second-half devoid of clear-cut chances, it was Gignac and Tigres who ended as the victors.
The CONCACAF champions can now look forward to a last-four duel with Palmeiras, South America's representatives, at Al Rayyan's Education City Stadium on Sunday.
🐯 @TigresOficial win 'The Clash of the Tigers'— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) February 4, 2021
✅ The @Concacaf champions are victorious in their first ever #ClubWC match
🔜 Next up? A mouthwatering semi-final 🆚 @Palmeiras on 7 Feb pic.twitter.com/BayISSuDez
Source and cover image credit: FIFA
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