Monterrey kept their playoff hopes alive with a 1-2 win over Monarcas Morelia. The Rayados still need to wait on other results to see if they will be in the Liguilla, while the loss sees Morelia slip back into last place in the relegation standings.
The game started off well for the hosts, and they won a penalty kick in just the third minute of the game after José María Basanta was called – rather controversially – for a foul on Diego Valdés. Raúl Ruidíaz stepped up to take the penalty, but his Panenka attempt was saved by Jonathan Orozco.
It was all downhill from there for Morelia, while the penalty save gave the Rayados new inspiration. The visitors took the lead in the 21st minute through Rogelio Funes Mori, who finished off a cross from Carlos Sánchez to make it 0-1.
In the second half, Yimmi Chara added to Monterrey’s lead when he cleaned up the rebound from a Funes Mori shot to make it 0-2.
Ruidíaz partially atoned for his penalty miss with a 73rd minute goal to make it 1-2, but despite reducing the deficit Morelia never looked particularly likely to find the equalizer.
Monterrey must now wait on Pumas and Toluca’s results on Sunday to see if they will have a spot in the Liguilla.
With the 1-2 win, Monterrey reaches 25 points while Morelia remains on 20.
Morelia: Carlos Felipe Rodríguez, Enrique Pérez, Emanuel Loeschbor, Sebastián Vegas, Carlos Morales, Miguel Ángel Sansores (Luis Gabriel Rey 69′), Juan Pablo Rodríguez, Diego Valdés, Rodrigo Millar (Cristian Penilla 57′), Jefferson Cuero (Jorge Zárate 85′), Raúl Ruidíaz.
Monterrey: Jonathan Orozco, Iván Piris, César Montes, José María Basanta, Walter Ayoví, Carlos Sánchez, Celso Ortiz (Hiram Mier 76′), Walter Gargano, Yimmi Chará (Arturo González 59′), Rogelio Funes Mori, Dorlan Pabón (Edwin Cardona 81′).