Monterrey went into this game in the midst of a four-game winless streak after a run of draws, and the Rayados were determined to get back to winning ways in front of their home fans. The hosts had more possession and grew into the game, with their first clear chance coming just before the half-hour mark.
In the 29th minute, Dorlan Pabón sent in a good cross from the right that was met by Rogelio Funes Mori, but Gerardo Alcoba was able to head the ball clear of his goal.
Then, in the 38th minute, Monterrey came close again through Funes Mori, who was unmarked into the box but couldn’t put his shot on target.
In the second half, the Rayados continued to dominate, but without an end product to show for it. Then, in the 72nd minute, they finally found the breakthrough. Dorlán Pabón’s shot from the top of the box beat Alfredo Saldívar to make it 1-0.
Pabón scored his second of the game in the 81st to give Monterrey a cushion, and the sending-off of Jesús Gallardo minutes after that left Pumas in poor shape to mount a comeback attempt.
With the 2-0 win, Monterrey reaches 10 points while Pumas still has 10.
Monterrey: Hugo González, Iván Piris, César Montes, Nicolás Sánchez, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Jesús Molina, Celso Ortiz, Edwin Cardona (Walter Ayoví 75′), Efraín Juárez (Yimmi Chará 61′), Dorlan Pabón (Arturo González 84′), Rogelio Funes Mori.
Pumas: Alfredo Saldívar, Josécarlos van Rankin (Matías Britos 73′), Gerardo Alcoba, Darío Verón, Alan Mendoza (Pablo Jáquez 73′), Javier Cortés, Abraham González, Pablo Barrera, Bryan Rabello (Erik Vera 87′), Jesús Gallardo, Nicolás Castillo.