Leon will have to overturn a 1-0 deficit against UANL Tigres on Sunday if they are to win the second leg of their 2019 Liga MX final clash and lift their first Clausura crown since 2014.
French forward Andre-Pierre Gignac scored the only goal in the first leg on Thursday to give Tigres an early lead, but the failure to add to that strike could prove costly at the Estadio Leon.
Both teams qualified for the final by virtue of the seeding rule after both teams tied 1-1 in their respective semi-finals, but Clausura first-placed finishers Leon won't be able to rely on that advantage in the decider.
Los Esmeraldas know they have to score at least once on Sunday if they are to end their five-year wait for a trophy, while Tigres are still seeking their maiden Clausura triumph.
Date: Sunday, May 26
Time: 9:06 p.m. ET/2:06 a.m. BST (Monday)
Venue: Estadio Leon, Leon, Mexico
TV Info: Univision (U.S.)
The Liga MX Clausura has tightened up during its final phases, with only one goal scored in each of the five 90-minute legs that that have taken place since they got underway.
Fortunately for Tigres, Gignac was on hand at the far post to clean up an attack on Thursday, as the league's official channel shared:
Gignac, 33, joined Tigres from Marseille in 2015 and has been an essential piece of their attack in the years since.
His strike against Leon saw him tie level as the club's all-time highest scorer, though Mexican football writer Tom Marshall pointed out he's been far more economical in reaching his tally:
Leon, meanwhile, will be looking to the likes of former Arsenal striker Joel Campbell—on loan from Italian side Frosinone—in their hopes of at least pulling level to force extra time.
Another key figure for Ignacio Ambriz's side is winger Angel Mena, who leads the Liga MX Clausura on 14 goals this season.
Broadcaster Jon Arnold stressed how important he is to his side when he went down injured in the first leg:
Mena will be fit to feature in the second leg and will bear a lot of Leon's pressure in engineering something to break down a Tigres defence that hasn't kept a clean sheet away from home since beating Lobos in mid-April.
Tigres lost 1-0 at Monterrey in their most recent road game but were unbeaten in the three away games prior to that (three 1-1 draws), and they only need to stay level on Sunday in order to clinch the Clausura.