Following two electric semi-final ties, Tigres and Chivas will face off in the 2021 Guard1anes final. The two-legged Liga MX Femenil championship will take place on May 24 and 31.
Three-time champions Tigres come into the final hot off the heels of their 2020 Apertura title. They now have the chance to become the first side to win both the opening and the closing parts of a Liga MX Femenil season.
For Chivas, reaching the final is a sigh of relief. The Guadalajara-based club haven’t reached a league final since the 2017 Apertura, where they defeated Pachuca in the league’s maiden season.
The last meeting
Tigres and Chivas last met on May 3, the final day of the regular season. It was a top-of-the-table clash with many implications. The winner of the game would solidify their place at the top of the league standings and receive the number one play-off seed.
It was a marquee matchup that visiting Tigres immediately took by storm. Belén Cruz, Lizbeth Ovalle, and Stephany Mayor scored in the 13th, 16th, and 19th minutes, respectively. This seemingly ended all hopes of Chivas claiming the top spot. Yet, the scoreline wasn’t too condemning in the end.
Five minutes after Mayor’s strike, Alicia Cervantes scored for the home side. Damaris Godínez netted another in the second half, but Mayor struck again for the visitors 20 minutes later.
While Joseline Montoya scored a late third goal for Chivas, it was too little too late. The match ended 3-4 and Tigres retained their top spot.
What to expect
If the last meeting is any indication, Tigres and Chivas will have a lot of goals to offer in the final. After all, both teams feature some of the top goalscorers of the entire 2020/21 season.
What makes the Liga MX Femenil final so unique is that it takes place across two legs. Because of this, spectators might witness a different kind of matchup than what played out between the two sides in the beginning of May.
During the play-offs, Tigres scored a total of 12 goals and conceded three while Chivas scored six and conceded one. Those stats alone suggest how important an unwavering defense will be for both sides.
When and where
The first leg of the Grand Final will take place on Monday, May 24 at the Estadio Akron. Chivas have only lost one game at home in 2021, which was their last meeting against Tigres.
As the highest seeded team, Tigres will hold home-field advantage in the second leg. The final match will take place on Monday, May 31 at the Estadio Universitario.