Pachuca took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with Monterrey on Saturday night. The draw keeps the Tuzos unbeaten at home but keeps them winless in two overall, while the Rayados will be disappointed not to have taken all three points given that they had a man advantage for more than an hour.
Pachuca started the game off well and they forced Jona Orozco into several saves in the opening twenty minutes. However, the Tuzos were reduced to 10 men in the 27th minute after Hirving Lozano was given a harsh red card for a foul on Walter Gargano.
Despite the numerical disadvantage, Pachuca was able to open the scoring in the 35th minute. A foul by César Montes gave Pachuca a free kick and Jonathan Urretaviscaya took it quickly, catching the entire Monterrey team by surprise. His free kick sailed unerringly into the back of the net to give the hosts the 1-0 lead.
Urreta had a great chance to make it 2-0 soon afterwards as he went on an 80-yard counterattacking run behind Monterrey’s defense, but in the end his chipped shot went wide to the left of Orozco’s goal.
Monterrey made two halftime substitutions as they looked to take control of the game and it didn’t take long for the changes to pay off. Just nine minutes after entering the match, Aldo de Nigris headed home the equalizer following a cross from Dorlan Pabón.
After the equalizer, the Rayados created several notable chances to take the lead, but they were ultimately unable to complete the comeback as they settled for a share of the spoils.
With the 1-1 draw, Pachuca reaches 13 points while Monterrey reaches nine.
Pachuca: Óscar Pérez, John Stefan Medina, Omar González, Óscar Murillo, Emmanuel García, Jorge Hernández, Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Rubén Botta 92′), Víctor Guzmán, Erick Gutiérrez (Juan José Calero 81′), Hirving Lozano, Wilson Morelo (Erick Aguirre 68′).
Monterrey: Jonathan Orozco, Iván Piris (Yimmi Chara 46′), César Montes, José María Basanta, Walter Ayoví, Walter Gargano (Aldo de Nigris 46′), Celso Ortiz, Carlos Sánchez, Edwin Cardona, Dorlan Pabón, Arturo González (Efraín Juárez 53′).