Chivas de Guadalajara took a very early lead but then collapsed as Monterrey stormed back for a 4-1 win. The result gives the Rayados three wins in a row and keeps them unbeaten this season, while Chivas remains winless.
Monterrey had not allowed a goal to date prior to this game, but it took Chivas just three minutes to get on the board in this one. Jair Pereira headed home a free kick from Oswaldo Alanís to make it 0-1 for El Rebaño.
But the response came just as quickly. In the 5th minute, Dorlan Pabón sent the ball in for Celso Ortiz, who made it 1-1.
The game continued to be an end-to-end affair, with chances at both ends. Then, in the 29th minute, there was a bit of refereeing controversy when Alanís brought down Rogelio Funes Mori as the Argentinian was heading alone for goal. Roberto García decided it did not meet the criteria for denial of a clear goal-scoring opportunity as he handed out just a yellow card.
In the second half, Funes Mori gave Monterrey the lead as he received the ball back from Pabón to make it 2-1 in the 50th minute.
Then, in the 65th minute, Avilés Hurtado was brought down just inside the box by Carlos Salcido and García pointed to the penalty spot. Pabón stepped up to take it, and although Rodolfo Cota made the initial save, Pabón finished off the rebound to make it 3-1.
Matías Almeyda was ejected from the sidelines in the aftermath of the penalty, leaving Chivas to try for the comeback without their coach.
But Monterrey made it all academic in the 70th minute, when Hurtado headed home a corner kick to give the Rayados the definitive 4-1 lead.
There was no way back from that for Chivas as the reigning champions continue to struggle to get off the mark in the Apertura 2017 season.
With the 4-1 win, Monterrey reaches 10 points while Chivas still has three.
Monterrey: Hugo González, José María Basanta, Luis Fernando Fuentes, John Stefan Medina, Nicolás Sánchez, Jonathan González, Carlos Sánchez, Celso Ortiz (Jesús Molina 62′), Avilés Hurtado (Arturo González 74′), Rogelio Funes Mori, Dorlan Pabón (Jorge Benítez 80′).
Chivas: Rodolfo Cota, Jesús Sánchez, Jair Pereira, Edwin Hernández, Oswaldo Alanís (Javier López 56′), Carlos Salcido, José Juan Vázquez, Orbelín Pineda, Rodolfo Pizarro, Ángel Zaldívar, Carlos Fierro (Isaác Brizuela 56′).