Monterrey missed a penalty but still did enough to earn their sixth win of the season as they beat Necaxa 1-0. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten this season and perfect at home, while the Rayos saw their three-game unbeaten streak halted.
Necaxa started the game off strongly, and the visitors came close to opening the scoring in the 4th minute when Carlos González saw his shot from distance crash against the crossbar. The Rayos had several more good chances but they were unable to find the breakthrough.
In the 28th minute, Rogelio Funes Mori picked off an errant backpass but was then brought down in the box by Marcelo Barovero. Referee Jorge Pérez Durán pointed to the penalty spot and it appeared that Monterrey was about to take the lead. However, Barovero atoned for his error by saving Carlos Sánchez’s penalty attempt to keep the game 0-0.
Barovero came up big at the start of the second half as well as he made a pair of important saves in the 49th and 51st minutes. But Necaxa could only withstand Monterrey’s onslaught for so long and in the 55th minute the Rayados took the lead.
Funes Mori played in Sánchez, and this time the Uruguayan didn’t miss, finishing off the opportunity to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
Monterrey looked to run up the score but Barovero made save after save to keep Necaxa in the game. The Rayos had stretches of good play where they dominated possession, but they were never able to get on the scoreboard.
With the 1-0 win, Monterrey reaches 20 points while Necaxa still has 12.
Monterrey: Hugo González, César Montes, José María Basanta, Efraín Juárez, Leonel Vangioni, Jonathan González, Carlos Sánchez, Celso Ortiz (Arturo González 79′), Avilés Hurtado (Jorge Benítez 83′), Rogelio Funes Mori, Dorlan Pabón (Jesús Molina 77′).
Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero, Miguel Ángel Ponce, Mario de Luna, Brayan Beckeles (Facundo Pereyra 77′), Igor Lichnovsky, Dieter Villalpando, Jesús Isijara (Daniel Álvarez 68′), Manuel Iturra, Xavier Báez, Pablo Velázquez (Martín Barragán 74′), Carlos González.