Monarcas Morelia came from behind to earn a 2-1 victory over Necaxa in a match where all three goals were scored by Morelia players. The result snaps a five-game winless streak for La Monarquía – and, more importantly, lifts them out of last place in the relegation standings. Meanwhile, the loss ends Necaxa’s nine-game unbeaten streak.
Morelia’s poor run of form led to the departure of Enrique Meza after last weekend’s match. Under the interim direction of Roberto Hernández, the hosts looked to get back to winning ways and they enjoyed the better of the chances in the first half.
Raúl Ruidíaz nearly opened the scoring in the 34th minute, but his header went just wide; then, in the 39th minute, Diego Valdés was put one-on-one with the keeper but couldn’t finish his chance.
When the first goal came in the second half, it was scored by Morelia – but unfortunately for Emanuel Loeschbor, it was at the wrong end of the field. Edson Puch sent the ball into the box, Mario de Luna headed it back across goal, and Loeschbor ended up turning the ball into his own net to give Necaxa the 0-1 lead in the 59th minute.
But the hosts kept pressing. In the 72nd minute, Ruidíaz forced Marcelo Barovero into a great save, and then he also managed to keep out the follow up attempt by Rodrigo Millar.
Necaxa looked for an insurance goal and they came within inches of getting one as Fabián Espíndola hit the post.
Then, in the 77th minute, Ruidíaz finally scored the goal he’d been threatening all game as he finished off a corner kick to make it 1-1.
The equalizer inspired the hosts and just three minutes later they completed the comeback, once again from a corner kick. This time it was Enrique Pérez on the end of it, and he made no mistake with his header.
With the 2-1 win, Morelia reaches 19 points while Necaxa remains on 22.
Morelia: Carlos Rodríguez, Enrique Pérez, Emanuel Loeschbor, Sebastián Vegas, Carlos Morales, Diego Valdés (Jorge Zárate 78′), Rodrigo Millar, Juan Pablo Rodríguez (Luis Gabriel Rey 68′), Jefferson Cuero, Miguel Ángel Sansores, Raúl Ruidíaz (Ignacio González 87′).
Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero, Brayan Beckeles (Severo Meza 46′), Mario de Luna, Marcos González, Jairo González (Claudio Riaño 85′), Jesús Isijara, Xavier Baez (Michel García 33′), Manuel Iturra, Luis Gallegos, Edson Puch, Fabián Espíndola.