The 40th Anniversary Dallas Cup Super Group Semi-Finals took place on Friday evening at Toyota Stadium in Frisco and after two high-quality games, the Final is now set for Sunday at 3 pm between defending champs Tigres and Villarreal of Spain.
In the first Semi-Final, Rivals Monterrey and Tigres met in a match of two teams quite familiar with each other.
Tigres opened up the scoring in the 6th minute when Patrick Ogama cleaned up a loose ball in the six-yard box, putting the defending Super Group champions ahead 1-0. Rayados’ Jose Alvarado answered with a goal of his own, curling the ball just inside the right post to level the game at 1-1. Tigres got back in front in the 60th minute with a Stephen Rivas goal, making the score 2-1.
Inside the last ten minutes of the game, CF Monterrey’s Luis Sanchez scored the critical equalizer making the score 2-2. Extra time was needed to settle the score for the Dallas Cup edition of theClásico Regio. In the 107th minute, Tigres’ Enrique Prieto connected on the winning goal with a dipping shot from outside the box, sending Tigres back to the Gordon Jago Super Group final with a 3-2 win.
In the second Semi-Final, US Development Academy champions NYCFC took on Villarreal. The 3-2 nail biter saw Villarreal draw a red card late in the game and still manage to hold onto the win.
Midfielder Justin Haak got NYCFC off to a quick start, heading the first goal of the match in the 3rd minute. The Spanish side would answer back with a string of three first-half goals. Diego Raya bagged a pair of goals in the 25th and 45th minute. Alejandro Baena headed home a goal on the stroke of halftime, giving The Yellow Submarine a 3-1 lead at the break. New York City FC’s Dante Polvara pulled a goal back in the 80th minute, but it was a bit too late as Villarreal CF secured a spot in the final with a 3-2 win.
Defending champion Tigres is looking to become just the fifth team to win back-to-back Super Group titles and the first since Brazil’s Clube Atletico Paranaense in 2003-2004. Tigres is the club with the most Super Group titles all-time (3: 2003, 2011, 2018) and they hope to add to that number on Sunday. Villarreal CF just recently clinched the Group VII title of La Liga’s Division de Honor, a feat they have achieved four out of the past five years. They look to become the first Spanish Super Group champion since Real Madrid in 1994.