Monterrey remained unbeaten this season and extended their winning streak to five games with a comprehensive 4-1 win against 10-man Toluca. The result ends the Diablos Rojos’ own unbeaten start to the Apertura 2017.
The Rayados started attacking from the opening whistle, but despite a number of good chances it wasn’t until the 40th minute that they were able to take the lead. Efraín Velarde was called for a handball in the box and Dorlan Pabón converted the ensuing penalty kick to make it 1-0.
Just minutes later, Rogelio Funes Mori made it 2-0. Avilés Hurtado combined with Carlos Sánchez, who sent the ball in for Funes Mori to head it home in the 43rd minute.
In the second half, the night got more complicated for Toluca when Jesús Méndez received his second yellow card and was sent off in the 52nd minute. But despite playing with 10 men, the Diablos Rojos were able to reduce the deficit moments later, with Gabriel Hauche making it 2-1.
It didn’t take long for Monterrey to restore their two-goal cushion, however. In the 65th minute, Hurtado brought the ball down and played in Funes Mori, who scored his second of the night to make it 3-1.
With their numerical disadvantage, Toluca was unable to fight back any further. Instead, Monterrey ran the score up further with a late goal. In the 85th minute, substitute Jorge Benítez finished off a cross from Sánchez to make it 4-1.
With the 4-1 win, Monterrey reaches 16 points while Toluca still has nine.
Monterrey: Hugo González, Nicolás Sánchez, Luis Fernando Fuentes, José María Basanta, John Stefan Medina, Jonathan González (Arturo González 74′), Avilés Hurtado, Carlos Sánchez, Neri Cardozo (Jesús Molina 65′), Dorlan Pabón (Jorge Benítez 80′), Rogelio Funes Mori.
Toluca: Luis García, Osvaldo González (Juan Delgadillo 28′), Santiago García, Efraín Velarde, Rodrigo Salinas, Antonio Ríos, Rodrigo Gómez (Alexis Canelo 45′), Rubens Sambueza, Gabriel Hauche (Carlos Esquivel 64′), Jesús Méndez, Fernando Uribe.