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Liga MX Femenil recap - 2019 Clausura Week 8

A couple of surprise results and games televised in the United States as Liga MX Femenil heads into the doble jornada.

Chivas v Atlas - Torneo Clausura 2019 Liga MX Photo by Refugio Ruiz/Getty Images

Another week in the books for Liga MX Femenil. At around the halfway point of the season, the teams are starting to separate themselves into the clubs who will likely make the Liguilla and those who won’t. For sure there were a couple of results though and nothing is settled just yet.

Cruz Azul 1, UNAM Pumas 3: In the first of the three matches televised in the United States, Pumas was able to continue their good run of form against Cruz Azul. La Maquina’s Martha Enciso got the scoring started in the fourth minute with a beautiful shot that went in off of the underside of the crossbar, but it was all Pumas after that. Six minutes later, Daniela García hit a rocket into the top corner to draw level. Edna Santamaria would put Pumas up four minutes later with another long range bomb into the top corner. García would get her second of the afternoon in the 61st that was straight at goalkeeper Karen Gómez that went through her hands and in. Pumas is in third in Group 1, one point behind Pachuca for the lead. Cruz Azul is last in the group, 12 points out of first.

Necaxa 0, León 1: Necaxa’s woes continued as they’re now winless in their first seven, losing to León 1-0 at home. An error by goalkeeper Andrea Rivera allowed Perla Morones to all but walk the ball in uncontested in the 59th minute for the game’s lone score. With the win, León is four points behind Tigres for first place in Group 2 while Necaxa however is 15 points off of the pace.

Club América 2, Pachuca 0: Club América with a statement win to take a share of the Group 1 lead from Pachuca, who still lead by virtue of goal differential. Diana González converted a penalty in the 40th minute and Ximena Rios was able to clean up a rebound off of goalkeeper Alejandría Godínez in the 85th minute to get the insurance goal.

Puebla 0, Tijuana 0: Puebla goalkeeper Karla Morales made four saves and Itzel González made one as Puebla and Tijuana played to a scoreless draw. Tijuana sit in sixth in Group 1 with eight points while Puebla are in fourth with ten points, six behind Pachuca for the top spot.

Monarcas Morelia 3, Querétaro 1: Monarcas with a solid win to surpass Querétaro in the standings. Estela Gomez got the scoring started in the seventh minute off of a training ground free kick routine that made it’s way to her foot in the box. María Cruzaley doubled the lead in the 19th minute on a shot from just inside the 18 yard box. María Ruíz got the third goal for Monarcas in the 77th minute off of a corner kick. Fatima Servin was able to pull one back for Querétaro in the 80th minute on a wonderful free kick, but it was too little too late for Los Gallos as they sink to eighth place in Group 2, 13 points behind Tigres. Monarcas with five points are 12 behind the leaders.

Toluca 1, Veracruz 2: Perhaps the surprise result of the weekend as Veracruz get their first win on the road against Toluca. The game got off to a tough start for the hosts as Yamanic Martínez scored an own goal in the 11th minute on a Veracruz corner kick. Mariel Roman would level things shortly after returning from the halftime break on an effort from close range, however the lead would last just two minutes as Liliana Hernández would hit the game winner with a right footed blast from the top of the box. Veracruz now sit in eighth place in Group 1, 11 points behind Pachuca while Toluca is in seventh place, nine points behind the leaders.

Guadalajara 0, Tigres UANL 0: Two teams better known for their offenses played to a scoreless draw on Monday when Chivas and Tigres drew 0-0. Tigres registered nine corner kicks but was unable to manage a single shot on goal. Tigres remain atop Group 2, tied in points with Monterrey - however Rayadas have a game in hand on their crosstown rivals. Chivas picked up a critical point and now sit five points behind Tigres and perhaps more critically, one point behind their crosstown rivals Atlas for the fourth and final Liguilla spot.

Monterrey 1, Atlas 0: Valeria Valdez got the game’s lone goal in the second minute when she cleaned up a rebound given up by Atlas goalkeeper Verónica Jiménez.

Next week:

Wednesday, February 20:

Pumas UNAM (5W 0D 2L) vs. Puebla (2W 4D 1L)

Lobos BUAP (2W 2D 2L) vs. Club América (5W 1D 1L)

Thursday, February 21:

Veracruz (1W 2D 4L) vs. Cruz Azul (1W 1D 5L)

Atlas (4W 0D 3L) vs. Necaxa (0W 2D 5L)

Querétaro (1W 1D 5L) vs. Guadalajara (3W 2D 2L)

León (4W 1D 2L) vs. Monarcas Morelia (1W 2D 4L)

Pachuca (5W 1D 1L) vs. Toluca (2W 1D 4L)

Santos Laguna (2W 2D 3L) vs. Monterrey (5W 2D 0L)

Bye week: Tigres UANL (5W 2D 1L), Tijuana (2W 2D 4L)