Toluca extended their winning streak to three games and their unbeaten streak to four as they beat Monarcas Morelia 1-2 on Saturday night. The result leaves Morelia winless at home in three and also leaves them in last place in the relegation standings.
Veracruz’s loss earlier this weekend left Morelia with the opportunity to leapfrog their relegation rivals with a win tonight, but they were unable to take advantage. Toluca looked the more dangerous team and Carlos Felipe Rodríguez was called on repeatedly to keep the game goalless.
But in the 38th minute, Toluca found the breakthrough. Pablo Barrientos sent in a corner kick and Fernando Uribe was there to head it home and make it 0-1 for the Diablos Rojos.
Morelia looked for a response in the second half, and it didn’t take them long to score from a set piece of their own. In the 47th minute, Morelia tied the game 1-1 when Gabriel Achilier sent his own header into the net following a short corner.
But the parity was only temporary, and in the 64th minute Toluca reclaimed the lead. Barrientos headed home a cross to make it 1-2, and that time Morelia was unable to muster a response.
With the 1-2 win, Toluca reaches 13 points while Morelia still has eight.
Morelia: Carlos Felipe Rodríguez, Enrique Pérez (Luis Gabriel Rey 79′), Sebastián Vegas, Emanuel Loeschbor, Gabriel Achilier, Diego Valdés, Rodrigo Millar (Gastón Lezcano 69′), Aldo Rocha, Andy Polo (Rodolfo Vilchis 65′), Jefferson Cuero, Raúl Ruidíaz.
Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Efraín Velarde, Paulo da Silva, Osvaldo González, Rodrigo Salinas, Antonio Ríos, Rubens Sambueza, Pablo Barrientos, Jesús Méndez (Carlos Esquivel 59′), Gabriel Hauche (Sinha 89′), Fernando Uribe.