In the first leg of the historic first-ever Liga MX Femenil Gran Final, Pachuca earned a 2-0 victory against Chivas de Guadalajara. The game drew a Liga MX Femenil-record 28,955 to the Estadio Hidalgo.
The first chance of the game went to the visitors, with Brenda Viramontes trying her luck, but Pachuca goalkeeper Alejandría Godínez made the save. With the support of the crowd, the Tuzas quickly grew into the game and began to control possession.
Mónica Ocampo and Jaquelín García were active in the attack as García in particular caused problems for the Chivas defense. However, goalkeeper Blanca Félix was able to keep the hosts off the board as she made several impressive saves on Ocampo and Berenice Muñoz.
The breakthrough came shortly before halftime. García ran on to a deflected ball in the box and cut it back for Lizbeth Ángeles, whose first-time shot ended up in the back of the net to give Pachuca the 1-0 lead.
In the second half, Pachuca kept up the pressure as they looked to add to their lead. Blanca Félix continued to impress in Guadalajara’s goal as she made a pair of saves in the 65th minute; in the next play, the hosts hit the crossbar.
Chivas struggled to respond and Pachuca’s pressure paid off in the 67th minute. The Tuzas had a free kick to the right side of the box, and Mónica Ocampo sent it into the back of the net from a narrow angle to make it 2-0 for the hosts, which ended up being the final score.
The return leg will be held Friday at Chivas; away goals are not a tiebreaker, so Chivas needs a win by a two-goal margin to send the game to penalties and a win by a three-goal margin to win the title outright, while Pachuca will claim the trophy with a win, a draw, or a one-goal loss.