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Liga MX Femenil, Apertura Week 9: Tigres ruins Club América’s perfect streak

Club América was riding an eight-game winning streak and sat in first place… until Jornada 9.

Photo: Tigres Femenil.

Tigres and Club América have enjoyed a spell of friendly matches against European standouts Real Madrid and Barcelona Femení. Despite América earning a 3-2 win over Real Madrid, they couldn’t keep up in league play against the mighty Tigres.

In Liga MX Femenil action, during Jornada 9, Tigres ruined América’s perfect season. Tigres now sits on top of the table with eight wins and a draw while América takes second place with eight wins and one loss. One point separates the two sides, with not much wiggle room on the goal differential column — Tigres holds a narrow four-goal advantage.

América hosted the match, and the reigning champions did get on the board. Katty Martínez found the back of the net first, in the 22nd minute, thanks to a cut-back and strike at the top of the box. Teammate Kiana Palacios led the breakaway and neglected to take the shot herself, sending it over to Martínez at the other side of the box.

Lydia Rangel equalized for Tigres in the 41st minute off a header on a corner kick. Belén Cruz gave the visitors the lead in the 44th minute with a stunning shot from the top of the box.

The third and final goal — a converted penalty — was courtesy of Lizbeth Ovalle. It was her 95th goal — and a historical one. She is now tied as the club’s all-time leading goal scorer. Ovalle has spent her entire career with Tigres, joining the team in 2017.

The win will give Tigres its’ usual confidence heading into easier games (on paper) against Club León and Querétaro. Tigres has already taken on Pachuca, Chivas and C.F. Monterrey — other big-name teams.

Meanwhile, for América, the reigning champions only have it tougher the rest of the way, still needing to play Chivas, Pachuca and Monterrey. In fact, Club América plays Chivas in Jornada 10 and Pachuca in Jornada 11.

Just their luck, too, América will end the regular-season on the road against Monterrey.

Other Apertura Week 9 Scores

  • Querétaro 1-2 Toluca
  • UNAM Pumas 2-1 Club León
  • Chivas de Guadalajara 2-0 FC Juárez
  • Puebla 2-2 Atlético San Luis
  • Club Tijuana 1-1 C.F. Monterrey
  • Necaxa 1-1 Cruz Azul
  • Pachuca 5-0 Mazatlán
  • Atlas 0-0 Santos Laguna

Liga MX Femenil Apertura 2023 Table | Week 9

NOTE: The top eight teams in Liga MX Femenil will qualify for the Liguilla, which are the playoffs.

UANL Tigres81062925
Club América801112524
Chivas de Guadalajara63051521
Club Tijuana52213517
C.F. Monterrey44151416
Club León50314-215
UNAM Pumas42314314
Cruz Azul41418-713
Atlético San Luis33212012
FC Juárez14314-67
Santos Laguna01828-261

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Looking Ahead: Apertura 2023 | Week 10

*All Times in Eastern Time.

Jornada 7 Make Up Game

Thursday, Sept. 7: Atlas vs. Atlético San Luis at 9:06 PM (Fox Deportes, FUBO)

Jornada 10

Saturday, Sept. 9: Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Querétaro at 7 PM

Saturday, Sept. 9: Mazatlán vs. Club Tijuana at 9:06 PM

Sunday, Sept. 10: Toluca vs. Puebla at 2 PM (ViX+)

Sunday, Sept. 10: Pachuca vs. UNAM Pumas at 6 PM

Sunday, Sept. 10: Santos Laguna vs. C.F. Monterrey at 8:06 PM

Sunday, Sept. 10: FC Juárez vs. Necaxa at 10:06 PM

Monday, Sept. 11: Cruz Azul vs. Atlas at 5:45 PM (ViX+)

Monday, Sept. 11: UANL Tigres vs. Club León at 9 PM (ViX+)

Tuesday, Sept. 12: Atlético San Luis vs. Club América at 10 PM (ESPN México)

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