- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

SANDY, Utah (AP) - Tigres advanced to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals, completing a sweep by Mexican clubs over Major League Soccer in the quarterfinals.

Andre-Pierre Gignac scored seven seconds into second-half stoppage time, giving Tigres a 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night and a 3-1 aggregate win.

Tigres goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman stopped Javier Morales’ penalty kick around the 73rd minute, a goal that would have tied the aggregate score 2-2 and put the teams on track for extra time.

In the other quarterfinals, Queretaro beat D.C. United on 3-1 aggregate, Santos Laguna romped over the Los Angeles Galaxy 4-0 and Club America advanced over the Seattle Sounders 5-3.

“I think that the four that got this far all passed through moments of trouble because the teams from the MLS are very good teams,” Tigres coach Ricardo Ferretti said. “They have players of great capacity. Maybe some people don’t want to recognize that but they are very good teams that play at a good level. I think it will always be that way. The super clubs of the region died out long ago.”

Tigres plays Queretaro in the semifinals March 15 and April 5, and Club America meets Santos Laguna on March 16 and April 5.

“I feel good about taking the next step,” Ferretti said. “We knew what difficulties we were going to encounter here. Nothing about tonight surprised me.”

Real Salt Lake’s Joao Plata scored off a centering pass from Justen Glad from the right side in the 22nd minute. Plata outsprinted the defense right at Guzman and chipped it past him with his left foot.

Yura Movsisyan, back with RSL for the first time since 2009 following stints with Randers, Krasnodar and Spartak Moscow, glanced a shot off the crossbar in the 55th.

Tigres had possession for 65 percent of the first half, but just 40 percent of the second half.

“Disappointed with exiting the tournament,” RSL coach Jeff Cassar said. “It was something we really wanted to push on and make it back to the finals. But really pleased with the effort that our players put forth.

“We talked about sacrificing for each other and that’s what I saw tonight. … If we continue to do things like that, we’re going to have a successful year. It definitely hurts, but we have to put it behind us.”

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