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One of the strangest transfers of the summer paid dividends last night

Andre-Pierre Gignac swapped Marseille for Mexican side Tigres.

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ANDRE-PIERRE GIGNAC was the second-highest top scorer in France last season, racking up 21 goals for Marseille. It was redemption for the attacker, given how badly he struggled upon his arrival at the club in 2010.

So troubled was he that there were two failed attempts to move to two Premier League teams in 2011 – Fulham and Sunderland. But after injuries and subsequent slow recovery, he began to re-discover his form and hit 37 goals in Ligue 1 over Marseille’s last two campaigns.

Inevitably, the rumour mill went into overdrive and he was linked with a variety of English top-flight teams again. However, when he did move earlier this summer, he went somewhere nobody expected: Mexico.

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The 29-year-old signed for UANL Tigres and made his debut last week in a Copa Libertadores (South American version of the Champions League with Mexican sides also taking part) semi-final first leg defeat against Brazilian outfit Internacional.

And last night, he scored his first goal for the club – in the return fixture. His superb header gave Tigres the perfect platform and they went on to claim a 3-1 win to advance to the final (4-3 agg.)

Tigres will now face Argentinean giants River Plate aiming to become the first Mexican side to ever win the tournament.

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