The Liguilla is underway in Liga MX Femenil’s Clausura season!
The playoffs kicked off final week in thrilling vogue with a lot of objectives and loads of controversy. As at all times with the Liguilla, matches had been break up into two legs, one dwelling and one away for every group. There was one upset, with No. 5 Pachuca taking down No. 4 Chivas.
In the meantime, additionally advancing with Pachuca is Tigres, Membership América and C.F. Monterrey. Right here’s a have a look at what occurred within the Liguilla quarterfinals.
Tijuana surprises in Leg 1, sees crimson in Leg 2
Membership Tijuana skirted into the playoffs with a significant shock, beating Chivas within the remaining week of the common season. Tijuana continued to thrive on momentum, incomes a 2-0 win at dwelling to C.F. Monterrey, Angelina Hix, the American striker, scored within the thirty first minute after teammate Paola Villamizar slid the ball throughout the field to Hix for the tap-in. Proper earlier than the halftime whistle blew, Adyson Willet — one other American, who performed her school soccer at Cal State — scored provide a nook kick.
Tijuana went into Leg two with a 2-0 benefit on mixture, and with confidence bursting. Coming into the second match, on the highway, Tijuana obtained an early begin, due to Monica Alvarado’s header off a protracted free kick.
Nevertheless, simply seven minutes after scoring a giant objective for her aspect, Alvarado obtained a crimson card. The decision was a denial of a goal-scoring alternative, and it went to VAR. After a prolonged examine, a crimson card was proven and Tijuana had been all the way down to 10 gamers for the entire second half.
Monterrey began to choose up with the additional participant benefit. In first-half stoppage time, Daniela Solis scored to tug Monterrey inside two. Nevertheless, within the second half, the floodgates opened. Rayadas had objectives from Rebeca Bernal, two from Monica Monsivais, one other objective from Solis and a remaining nail within the coffin from Aylin Avilez in second half stoppage time.
After the match, Alvarado stated she was “disrespected as a participant.”
“I assumed the explanation to have VAR was to enhance choices made on the sphere and create truthful play,” Alvarado wrote in an announcement on Twitter and Instagram. “There must be a change to have progress in ladies’s soccer. It must be higher. I’m happy with what our group confirmed, we are going to hold our heads up excessive, and proceed to develop and present who we’re.”
With the win, Monterrey will transfer on to the semifinals and face Pachuca on Could 25 and Could 29.
Pachuca tops Chivas in thriller
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Pachuca noticed themselves down 2-0 early of their first leg, dwelling match, towards Chivas de Guadalajara. This was a rematch of the Clausura 2022 Closing, the place Chivas defeated Pachuca for the trophy. And, simply 10 minutes into their Leg 1 match, it seemed like historical past would repeat itself. Fast objectives from Damaris Godinez and Gaby Valenzuela put Chivas on the board early.
Nevertheless, Pachuca is a group that doesn’t crack beneath stress. Alice Soto pulled one again within the twentieth minute with a screamer from the highest of the field. Then, within the forty third minute, Spanish worldwide Jenni Hermoso scored cooly from the penalty spot to equalize because the groups went into the locker rooms.
In typical vogue, stoppage time was the place the ultimate tallies befell. Hermoso thought she earned the benefit with a objective within the 90’+1′ minute off a nook kick, taken by Golden Boot winner Charlyn Corral. Nevertheless, two minutes later, Caro Jaramillo scored the equalizing objective in a six-goal sport. Jaramillo discovered herself open within the field and, with one contact, put the ball previous Esthefanny Barreras.
The second leg noticed the identical forwards and backwards — at the least early on. Within the forty fourth minute, Diana Rodriguez scored an personal objective, leading to a Pachuca objective. Nevertheless, opening the second half, Joseline Montoya made up for her teammate, scoring on a breakaway the place three Chivas gamers faked out goalkeeper Barreras.
Nevertheless, the second half belonged to Pachuca, with the game-winning objective being scored by Hermoso and a remaining tally added by Esbeydi Salazar. Pachuca upset their nemesis and transfer on to the Liguilla semifinals, the place they may tackle No. 1 Monterrey.
FC Juárez fall in first-ever Liguilla
FC Juárez shook up the desk this Liga MX Femenil season, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient to beat Membership América within the Liguilla. The decrease ranked group at all times hosts the primary match, and FC Juárez struggled to include América at dwelling, dropping 1-3 in Leg 1.
Alison González discovered herself again to hitting her scoring stride, kicking issues off with a ninth minute objective off a low free kick that skirted by virtually each participant contained in the field. Kiana Palacios added a objective within the fortieth minute to offer Membership América a pleasant lead earlier than halftime.
Andrea Hernandez did pull one again for Juárez within the 71st minute, however one other América objective from Jocelyn Orejel within the 92nd minute gave Juárez a significant mountain to climb in Leg 2. Juárez couldn’t discover their footing on the highway and misplaced the second leg, 5-1.
The massive storyline within the Leg 2 matchup was González herself, as she hit 100 Liga MX Femenil objectives. González scored twice within the win, nevertheless it was her second objective in 69th minute, off one other free kick, that was objective No. 100. To measure, González is barely 21-years-old ,born in 2002. She has performed in Liga MX Femenil since Apertura 2018, when she spent one season with Tigres. She joined Atlas earlier than leaving in Apertura 2022 to hitch América.
Different objectives in Leg 2 had been scored by Palacios, Andrea Pereira and Andrea Falcon. FC Juárez did get a comfort objective from Mexican-American Jasmine Casarez.
Tigres dominates, and blanks, Atlas
Tigres confirmed off their dominance to kick off the Liguilla in stellar vogue. Not solely did they put up 5 objectives on the highway, however altogether Tigres received their quarterfinal matchup towards Atlas by scoring seven objectives, and conserving a clear sheet.
Lizbeth Ovalle was the MVP of the quarterfinals, scoring a hat trick in Leg 1. She scored twice within the first half of the primary leg, after which as soon as within the second half of the identical match. Her first objective took an unbelievable quantity of ability, chipping it at a tough angle in objective.
Within the first leg, Belen Cruz and Maricarmen Reyes added objectives, as nicely. In Leg 2, Atlas had been in a position to maintain Tigres to solely two at dwelling, scored by Liliana Mercado and Stephany Mayor.
Atlas are out of the playoffs, however Tigres will go on to the semifinals and face Membership América.
Liga MX Clausura 2023 | Liguilla Semifinals
*All occasions are Japanese Time Zone.
Friday, Could 26: Membership América hosts Tigres at 9 PM
Friday, Could 26: Pachuca hosts C.F. Monterrey at 11 PM
Monday, Could 29: Tigres hosts Membership América at 9 PM
Monday, Could 29: C.F. Monterrey hosts Pachuca at 11 PM