It wasn’t the best week to be a Tigres fan, as they got embarassed at home 3-1 by Ascenso side Zacatepec in a must-win game, and thus were eliminated from the Copa MX in the group stages. And no, it wasn’t the first team exactly, but it was certainly the 1.5th team, with Gignac and Zelarayan in the starting lineup. Tigres conceded just a minute into the game and things never shaped up from there. They looked out of sorts, sloppy, and were legitimately outplayed by a team that is in the bottom half of the 2nd division right now.
Making matters worse, Zelarayan got injured in the first half, and would end up missing the team’s other game this week, the Friday night league clash with Morelia. Tigres played much better on Friday, though they had some strange lapses that ended up costing them two points as they drew 3-3. In truth, those moments should have cost them all three points, as one error left Raul Ruidiaz with a sitter that could’ve given Morelia the victory.
After Nahuel saved a penalty in the 20th minute, Jesús Dueñas scored a bizarre own goal to put Los Felinos in a 1-0 hole, but the team battled back with goals in the 22nd (Aquino) and 29th (Valencia) to take a lead into halftime. Aquino’s goal was perhaps the goal of the season thus far, as he absolutely sniped the top right corner from a little more than 25 yards out.
Raul Ruidiaz leveled things early in the second half, but Aquino struck again to give Tigres a 3-2 and immediately suck the life out of a packed Estadio Morelos. Aquino was essentially flawless all night long, and this was one of the best performances he’s ever had in a Tigres shirt.
Substitute Angel Sepulveda ended up tying the game once more in the 74th, and that’s how it ended. It really was a game both sides felt they should’ve won, and I do think Tigres will be kicking themselves after this, if only because it would’ve been such a nice bounceback from Tuesday’s disaster.
BUT while the men continue to play with our heart rates, the women are taking care of business. Another day, another beatdown; they defeated Queretaro 4-0, and thanks to a Rayados draw elsewhere, jumped back to first place in the table. For those of you keeping track, that’s now 29 goals for, and only 2 against. They’ve got seven clean sheets in eight matches, and have two of the top four scorers in the league. Simply put, Tigres Femenil are doing nothing short of amazing so far.
In this weekend’s match, Lydia Rangel and Liliana Mercado scored 2 goals apiece in the rout, and a league high 5000+ fans turned out for the game. I’d say that’s a week that can’t be topped, but truth is, it has been topped by this team several times already; they’re just that good.
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