The game started at a good rhythm and Monterrey pressed forward from the opening whistle. After just a few seconds, Yimmi Chara found the first opportunity, although Marcelo Barovero was there to make the save.
However, he couldn’t do anything in the 4th minute when a set piece found the head of José María Basanta, who made it 1-0.
The Rayados nearly increased their lead in the 8th minute when Carlos Sánchez found Rogelio Funes Mori, but Barovero came out on top of that duel.
The keeper’s night ended early, however, as he was unable to recover from an injury suffered just past the half-hour mark, making way for Yosgart Gutiérrez at halftime.
In the second half, Funes Mori beat the substitute keeper in the 61st minute to give Monterrey a comfortable 2-0 lead.
Necaxa was largely unable to threaten Alexander Domínguez in Monterrey’s goal, but they kept pressing forward as they looked to get a foothold back into the game. In the 86th minute, Edson Puch reduced the deficit to 2-1, but the Rayos could fight back no further than that in the scant time remaining.
With the 2-1 win, Monterrey reaches eight points while Necaxa remains on three.
Monterrey: Alexander Domínguez, Iván Piris, Efraín Juárez, José María Basanta, Hiram Mier, Walter Gargano, Edwin Cardona (Germán Camacho 83′), Carlos Sánchez, Celso Ortiz (Daniel Parra 88′), Rogelio Funes Mori (Aldo de Nigres 92′), Yimmi Chara.
Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero (Yosgart Gutiérrez 46′), Marcos González, Fernando Meza, Mario de Luna, Xavier Báez, Manuel Iturra, Luis Gallegos, Alejandro Díaz (Diego Riolfo 59′), Fabián Espíndola (Claudio Riaño 79′), Edson Puch, Severo Meza.