Despite finishing the game with 10 men, León did enough to earn a 1-2 away win against Monarcas Morelia. The result ends Morelia’s six-game unbeaten streak and instead leaves them winless in four, while León remains unbeaten on the road in three.
The loss keeps Morelia right in the thick of the relegation fight; with rivals Veracruz and Jaguares also losing this weekend, this would have been a good opportunity for Morelia to earn some separation from the pack. But despite Morelia’s need for a victory, it was the visitors who struck first – and early.
In the 10th minute, Morelia lost the ball in midfield and León quickly transitioned into the attack. Elías Hernández ran on to a through ball, got around the keeper, and scored from a narrowing angle to make it 0-1 for León.
The game looked to have gotten complicated for La Fiera in the 67th minute, when Nacho González was given a straight red card just two minutes after he entered the game as a sub. But despite playing with 10 men, León was able to add to their lead.
In the 75th minute, Andrés Andrade made it 0-2 after finishing off a long pass from Alexander Mejía that left him alone in front of goal.
Morelia was able to make the end interesting after Gastón Lezcano reduced the deficit to 1-2 in the 81st minute, but ultimately the hosts were unable to go on to find an equalizer.
With the 1-2 win, León reaches 16 points while Morelia still has 18.
Morelia: Carlos Felipe Rodríguez, Gabriel Achilier, Sebastián Vegas, Enrique Pérez, Emanuel Loeschbor, Aldo Rocha (Gastón Lezcano 69′), Diego Valdés, Rodrigo Millar, Andy Polo (Jorge Zárate 74′), Jefferson Cuero, Raúl Ruidíaz (Miguel Ángel Sansores 33′).
León: William Yarbrough, Guillermo Burdisso (Juan Ignacio González 65′), Fernando Navarro, Osvaldo Rodríguez, Carlos Peña (Christian Valdez 71′), Andrés Andrade, Elías Hernández (Hernán Darío Burbano 39′), Alexander Mejía, Luis Montes, Juan Cornejo, Mauro Boselli.