León vs Monterrey – Jornada 4 Recap and Highlights

leon monterreyA hat-trick by Rogelio Funes Mori powered Monterrey to a 0-3 away win against León and gave the Rayados their first victory of the Apertura 2016 season. La Fiera, meanwhile, remain winless and in last place in the table.

The visitors threatened from the opening whistle, with Carlos Sánchez forcing a good save out of William Yarbrough early on. Then, in the 6th minute, Funes Mori put the ball into the lower left corner to make it 0-1.

León immediately threw numbers forward in search of an equalizer, but they were soon derailed by injuries as first Alexander Mejía (13th minute) and then Efraín Velarde (34th) were forced out of the game.

In the second half, it was Monterrey that pressed with intent and in the 65th minute they found their second. Good combination play between Celso Ortiz, Yimmi Chara, and Funes Mori ended with the Argentinian scoring his second of the night to put the Rayados firmly in control.

León found a few chances of their own as they looked to reduce the deficit, but Alexander Domínguez saved everything that got to him.

Then, in the final moments of the match, Funes Mori finished off his hat-trick as he rounded the keeper and slid the ball into the empty net in the 91st minute.

With the 0-3 win, Monterrey reaches five points while León remains on one.

Highlights

Lineups

León: William Yarbrough, Efraín Velarde (Juan Cuevas 34′), Guillermo Burdisso, Diego Novaretti, Carlos Guzmán (Andrés Andrade 58′), Elías Hernández, Luis Montes, Hernán Darío Burbano, Alexander Mejía (Christian Valdez 13′), Germán Cano, Mauro Boselli.

Monterrey: Alexander Domínguez, Iván Piris, José María Basanta, Hiram Mier, Walter Ayoví, Walter Gargano, Edwin Cardona (Aldo de Nigris 89′), Carlos Sánchez, Celso Ortiz (Germán Camacho 81′), Rogelio Funes Mori, Yimmi Chara (Efraín Juárez 71′). 

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