Monarcas Morelia vs Monterrey – Jornada 1 Recap and Highlights

In the opening game of the Apertura 2017 season, Monarcas Morelia and Monterrey played out a 0-0 draw.

It took a little while for both teams to settle into the game, with few chances of note in the opening quarter-hour. Then the pace began to pick up; in the 25th minute, the visitors created a dangerous chance through Dorlan Pabón, who cut inside and shot from the edge of the box, only for Sebastián Sosa to make the save. Morelia responded moments later with a chance from Jefferson Cuero, but he couldn’t put his shot on target.

Morelia then suffered a setback when Aldo Rocha had to be subbed out in the 35th minute due to injury. Nevertheless, they had perhaps the best chance of the half when Cuero tried his luck with a diving header, but John Stefan Medina was there to block the attempt out for a corner kick.

In the second half, the visitors began to control the run of play. Rogelio Funes Mori had a good opportunity in the 65th minute, and then Avilés Hurtado looked destined to open the scoring when he ended up one-on-one against Sosa on a breakaway, but he put his shot wide.

The final few minutes saw chances at both ends, with La Monarquía and the Rayados both looking to score the first goal – and earn the first three points – of the new season. But in the end, they had to settle for a share of the spoils.

With the 0-0 draw, Morelia and Monterrey both reach one point.

Highlights

Lineups

Morelia: Sebastián Sosa, Gabriel Achilier, Sebastián Vegas, Enrique Pérez, Emanuel Loeschbor, Jefferson Cuero (Rodolfo Vilchis 70′), Diego Valdés, Aldo Rocha (Mario Osuna 36′), Andy Polo, Gastón Lezcano, Miguel Ángel Sansores (Raúl Ruidíaz 58′).

Monterrey: Hugo González, Luis Fernando Fuentes, John Stefan Medina, José María Basanta, Nicolás Sánchez, Jonathan González (Arturo González 56′), Celso Ortiz, Carlos Sánchez, Dorlan Pabón (Jorge Benítez 76′), Rogelio Funes Mori, Avilés Hurtado (Ángel López 84′). 

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