A late goal gave León their first win of the season as they beat Necaxa 0-1. The loss is a second consecutive one for the Rayos, who went unbeaten at home in the Apertura season but were unable to carry that streak over into the Clausura.
The game started off with chances at both ends, and Fabián Espíndola had a couple of good early opportunities for the hosts. At the other end, Luis Montes tried his luck but Marcelo Barovero was alert to the danger.
In the 30th minute, Necaxa thought they had taken the lead when Jesús Isijara put the ball into the back of the net. However, the goal was disallowed after a controversial offside call.
Then, in the 41st minute, William Yarbrough took too long to clear the ball and Maximiliano Barreiro stole it away. But with an empty net, his cross was cleared away by a defender.
The game remained goalless and was looking likely to end that way up until the 85th minute. Carlos Peña, who came on as a sub to chants of “borracho, borracho” (drunk) after his driving misadventures earlier this week, silenced the crowd with a golazo.
Fernando Navarro started the play with a cross that Maxi Moralez headed down for Peña; his first-time strike went in off the woodwork to give León the 0-1 lead.
With so little time remaining, the Rayos were unable to find an equalizer as León picked up their first win of the season.
With the 0-1 win, León reaches three points while Necaxa remains on zero.
Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero, Severo Meza, Marcos González, Mario de Luna, Jairo González, Jesús Isijara, Michel García (Alejandro Díaz 86′), Manuel Iturra, Luis Gallegos, Fabián Espíndola (Claudio Riaño 64′), Maximiliano Barreiro (Nicolás Maturana 70′).
León: William Yarbrough, Fernando Navarro, Juan González, Guillermo Burdisso, Osvaldo Rodríguez, Andrés Andrade, Leonel López, Christian Valdez, Luis Montes (Carlos Peña 77′), Mauro Boselli (Juan Cornejo 87′), Maximiliano Moralez (José Rodríguez 90′).