The day Tigres lost the CCL Quarterfinals of the 2017-2018 edition against Toronto FC

Campeones Cup 2018: Tigres UANL v Toronto FC
Campeones Cup 2018: Tigres UANL v Toronto FC / Vaughn Ridley/GettyImages

Tigres faces a crucial match against Vancouver Whitecaps at the Universitario Stadium on Wednesday, aiming to secure their spot in the Round of 16 of the 2024 Champions Cup.

This clash marks a significant moment for both teams, with Tigres seeking redemption after their heartbreaking elimination from the CONCACAF Champions League the last time a Canadian club set foot in the stadium.

In the history books, Toronto FC holds a memorable victory over Tigres in the 2017-2018 Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals. Led by stars like Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco, and Michael Bradley, Toronto FC stunned Tigres, ultimately knocking them out of the competition.

During the first leg in Canada, Tigres suffered a 2-1 defeat despite Eduardo Vargas's crucial away goal. However, the tables turned in the return leg as Toronto FC shocked the UANL team, securing a 4-4 aggregate draw and advancing on the away goals rule. Despite Tigres' valiant efforts, goals from Altidore, Jonathan Osorio, and Giovinco proved decisive for Toronto FC.

This encounter marked the end of Tigres' two-year streak of reaching international finals, having previously lost to América and Pachuca. Notably, Toronto FC went on to reach the CONCACAF Champions League final, where Chivas defeated them.

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Now, Tigres seeks to replicate their past success against Canadian opponents, drawing inspiration from their previous triumph over Vancouver Whitecaps in the 2016-2017 Champions League semifinals. With a convincing 4-1 aggregate victory, Tigres aims to channel the same winning mentality as they face off against Whitecaps once again on February 14th at the Universitario Stadium.