Cruz Azul took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Monterrey came back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps both teams unbeaten in the Apertura 2017 season, although it ends a five-game winning streak for the Rayados.
The hosts had the first good chance in the 13th minute. Édgar Méndez got into the box, got around two defenders, and sent his shot towards the upper corner, but Hugo González was able to make the save and send the ball out for a corner kick.
Gabriel Peñalba had the next chance for La Máquina with his header, but he sent it just wide. Monterrey responded with a header from César Montes, but Jesús Corona was there to make the save. Then Avilés Hurtado had a one-on-one opportunity after a defensive error, but he was unable to put it away.
Just before halftime, the visitors had a golden opportunity to take the lead when Enzo Roca was called for a handball in the box. However, Corona made the save on Dorlan Pabón’s penalty kick and the game went to halftime goalless.
In the second half, Cruz Azul took the lead. Adrián Aldrete sent his shot from distance into the upper left corner to make it 1-0 in the 51st minute.
Monterrey looked for a response and they put Corona to work in goal as he made several impressive saves to keep La Máquina in front.
But in the 82nd minute, the Rayados were able to equalize. Rogelio Funes Mori played the ball to Hurtado, who was able to chip Corona to make it 1-1.
Neither team was able to go on to grab a winning goal as Cruz Azul and Monterrey had to settle for a share of the spoils.
With the 1-1 draw, Cruz Azul reaches 11 points while Monterrey reaches 17.
Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Jordan Silva, Adrián Aldrete, Omar Mendoza, Enzo Roco, Édgar Méndez, Ángel Mena (Martín Rodríguez 89′), Gabriel Peñalba, Francisco Silva, Rafael Baca, Felipe Mora (Martín Cauteruccio 83′).
Monterrey: Hugo González, César Montes, José María Basanta, John Stefan Medina (Nicolás Sánchez 53′), Edgar Castillo, Celso Ortiz (Jesús Molina 65′), Carlos Sánchez, Jonathan González, Rogelio Funes Mori, Avilés Hurtado, Dorlan Pabón (Jorge Benítez 65′).