Tigres UANL beat Emelec to become first Copa Libertadores semi-finalist

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Tigres have become the first side to qualifying for the Copa Libertadores semi finals, overcoming a 1-0 first leg deficit to beat Ecuadorian side Emelec 2-0 in the second leg.

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They got off to the perfect start when Rafael Sobis gave them a 1-0 lead inside the first five minutes, but had to wait until the 80th minute to get the crucial second.

The result means they become just the fourth Mexican side to reach the semi finals, joining Cruz Azul, Club America, and Chivas de Guadalajara. Since Mexican teams started playing in the competition in 1998, one of their teams has reached this stage eight times, but no Mexican side has ever won it.

Due to tournament rules that state one clubs from the same country must play each other in the semis, they will face one of Guarani, Racing Club, Santa Fe, or Internacional in the next round.

The semi finals take place in mid July, after the Copa America.

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