It was a bizarre week for UANL, with the headline of the Jornada of course being that Tigres’ game at Estadio Jalisco against Atlas was cancelled due to a low hanging video screen over the field. Despite the insistence of Tigres fans (and fans around the league in general) that Atlas should forfeit the match, it seems that for now it has been postponed, likely until the November break.
If that were the case, Tigres would be at a massive disadvantage due to having a team full of players that will be called up for international duty, while Atlas’ squad will remain largely the same. The club released a statement saying that so long as the new date doesn’t hinder them economically or on the field they will agree to reschedule. This of course only further mystified the fans, who all agreed that the new date 100% would hinder them on the field.
Lobos BUAP manager Rafa Puente, whose side is battling Atlas for relegation at the moment, commented that giving Tigres the win is the only proper way for the league to handle the situation. Of course, he has his own selfish reasons for wanting the game to be called a forfeit, but it is interesting to see Lobos BUAP challenging the league this week, with both these comments and their new streaming service.
On the women’s side of the club, however, there actually was a game played, and it was a real interesting one. After their first loss of the season to Rayados last week, Las Tigresas bounced back to defeat Necaxa 3-0. The story of the day, though, was the weather. This was hands down the wettest game of soccer I have ever seen, and I have seen some rainy days in my time watching soccer. The BUAP-Morelia game this weekend got a lot of attention for its wet pitch, but this game just took it to a whole new level of swampy.
Now, I apologize for the blurry photo, but that is a lake out there by the penalty spot if I’ve ever seen one. This of course made the game very poorly played, but you can’t blame the players for that. The ball was getting completely stuck in puddles at times, and passing was almost impossible on many areas of the field. Perhaps then, it should come as no surprise that two Tigres goals came from set pieces, and the other a rebound.
Lizbeth Ovalle opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a half volley rebound, and the score remained the same up until the 80th minute when Nayeli Rangel slotted home a penalty to double the lead. A few minutes later, 18 year old Belén Cruz scored a golazo of a freekick, and followed it up with a fantastic rainy day celebration.
With the win, Tigres now have a firm hold on second place in their group, though despite having the most goals scored (25) and least conceded (2) they are still behind Rayados due to last week’s loss.
(Estadio Jalisco Photo by Edgar Quintana of Mexsport)