DALLAS, Texas _ Tigres of Mexico and Valencia CF of Spain played to a 2-2 tie in the second game of the opening Dr Pepper Dallas Cup Gordon Jago Super Group triple-header. Valencia twice took a lead, only to squander possession and eventually give up the tying goal each time.
Tigres controlled a lot of the first half, but generally only in the middle third of the field. Valencia was consistently dangerous on the times they got forward, including the opening goal by Moises Valencia Blanco. In the 7th minute, he broke in behind the Tigres defense and slotted home a simple, firm shot to the back post.
Tigres would get the equalizer early in the second half. More pressure from the Mexican club got the ball into the Valencia area and put the Spanish defense into difficulty in the 49th minute. An attempted clear off the goal line was shot into the upper body of another Valencia player and the ball flashed into their own goal.
After more back and forth, Valencia would once again use a moment of penetration to find the back of the net. In the 68th minute, Antonio Martinez Lopez got into the area and beat his defender in a one on one challenge and broke through on goal. He then beat Tigres netminder Alejandro Robles to the loose ball and put it home to take the lead again.
But the victory was not to be. A corner kick deep into stoppage time was dropped at the top of the Valencia penalty area and Tigres put it home with vigor, tying the match. Considering the way the game played out, it was a fair result as Valencia relied too much on the scoreboard and did not effort to impose themselves on the game for long stretches.