Liga MX Femenil’s Week 13 came to an end on Monday with the most important “clasicos” played during its latter days; the Clasico Nacional (America vs. Chivas) and the Clásico Regio (Rayadas vs. Tigres)
The first of these two matches took place last Saturday at the legendary Azteca. Fighting for more than just the three points, America welcomed their most hated rival, having been without a win in their last four matches, unlike Chivas, who had gone three games without losing before playing against “Las Aguilas.”
America eliminated the “Tapatias” side in the quarterfinals of the last championship with a 1-0 win in Mexico City and a 2-2 tie in Guadalajara. The most recent match between both teams at the Azteca was on Nov. 11, 2017 with a 2-2 result in the 2nd leg of the semifinals, which had Chivas as winners with an aggregate score of 6-4, later becoming champions of the first Liga MX Femenil competition.
Chivas went ahead first on Saturday, with Carolina Jaramillo taking advantage of a mistake made by the America defenders. Twenty minutes later, Alicia Cervantes, celebrating a century of matches in Liga MX Femenil, capitalized upon another mistake in the final third and scored the second goal for Chivas. Before the first half came to an end, Janelly Farias found the net with a header that put America on the scoreboard and reduced the distance between the two teams.
The second half was quite intense; Alicia Cervantes appeared again to score her second goal of the night and her 15th of the competition, remaining as the league’s top scorer. With the game coming to an end, Miriam Castillo jumped up and scored the fourth with her head for the away team. In the last minute, the 17-year-old star Jana Gutierrez made it 2-4 for America scoring between Chivas goalkeeper legs, but it ultimately proved too late and “Las Aguilas” lost at home, Chivas climbing up the table to second place.
Between the critics and America no longer being the league leaders, manager Leonardo Cuellar resigned at the press conference immediately after the game.
This was the second match at Azteca for America in the “Guardianes 2021” tournament, and also the second without a victory. Playing with an additional player from the 26th minute onwards only to draw 2-2 with Tigres and now they losing against their loathed enemy, has the Azteca really been a place to call “home”?
The second Clasico was Monterrey´s derby on Monday with one of the most important clubs in Liga MX Femenil: Rayadas and Tigres. A passionate and exciting game took place at BBVA Stadium, Rayadas home. This rivalry has been growing tremendously since the start of Liga MX Femenil with four finals played between them, though only one of them has been won by Rayadas. Tigres raised the trophy in the other three, most recently in December on penalties, becoming the most-winning team in league history in the process.
On Monday these two rivals faced each other once more, Rayadas hitting first with a header from Christina Burkenroad. With half time approaching, Lizbeth Ovalle found herself alone in the penalty area and tied the game, albeit with a suspicion of offside about the play.
For the second half, Tigres returned and fortunately grabbed one back for their side with an own goal scored by Rayadas defender Mariana Cadena, but luckily for her, captain Rebeca Bernal appeared to put the final score 2-2 with a header.
A great game that as all great games do, unfortunately came to an end. Tigres remains as leader of Guardianes 2021 with the best defensive record conceding seven against, while Rayadas occupies fourth place in the table and is the best offensive team with 33 goals scored.
These “Clasicos” have been unmissable and considering the pace of the teams above, they will surely compete in the playoffs of this tournament, which start in May.