Necaxa ended their three-game winless streak with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Toluca. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten in seven while Toluca’s own eight-game unbeaten streak was brought to an abrupt halt.
The match started just about as well as Necaxa could have hoped as the Rayos opened the scoring in just the 4th minute. A poor defense header sent the ball right to the feet of Fabián Espíndola, who made no mistake with the finish.
Toluca came close to equalizing in the 21st minute, but Marcos González’s header ended up hitting the post.
Then, in the 24th minute, Jesús Isijara headed home a corner kick to give Necaxa the 2-0 lead.
The Diablos Rojos kept looking for a goal of their own, and in the 33rd minute Alexis Vega reduced the deficit to 2-1 when he placed the ball into the right corner, out of the reach of Marcelo Barovero.
But before halftime, Necaxa restored their two-goal lead as Edson Puch finished off a counterattack to make it 3-1 in the 38th minute.
The night didn’t get any better for Toluca in the second half, as Antonio Ríos picked up his second yellow card of the game and was sent off in the 56th minute.
With the extra man, it looked like Necaxa would continue to run up the score. However, despite creating numerous chances, they couldn’t finish any of them and the scoreboard didn’t change.
With the 3-1 win, Necaxa reaches 16 points while Toluca remains on 17.
Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero, Brayan Beckeles, Marcos González, Mario de Luna, Jairo González, Xavier Baez (Michel García 77′), Manuel Iturrra, Luis Gallegos, Jesús Isijara, Fabián Espíndola (Claudio Riaño 85′), Edson Puch (Diego Riolfo 67′).
Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Gerardo Flores, Osvaldo González, Paulo da Silva, Óscar Rojas (Jesús Méndez 60′), Carlos Esquivel, Antonio Ríos, Erbin Trejo, Ernesto Vega, Fernando Uribe (Enrique Triverio 64′), Pablo Barrientos (Maikon Leite 67′).