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Posted On: 4 February 2021 07:30 pm
Updated On: 7 February 2021 06:13 pm

Tigres UANL wins opening match of FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™

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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.

Source and cover image credit: FIFA