Monterrey remained perfect at home this season with a 2-0 victory against Pachuca. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten in the Apertura 2017 while the Tuzos saw their road losing streak grow to three games.
The hosts took the lead in the 24th minute. John Stefan Medina played in Dorlan Pabón, who cut the ball back for Rogelio Funes Mori. The Argentinian beat Óscar Pérez to make it 1-0 for the Rayados.
Monterrey nearly made it 2-0 with a similar sequence in the 36th minute, but that time Omar González was able to knock the ball out for a corner kick with Funes Mori lurking behind him.
Pachuca made two halftime substitutions as they looked to get into the game, but the Tuzos were unable to find a foothold. Monterrey continued to threaten Pérez’s goal, and Funes Mori hit the crossbar.
Then, in the 66th minute, the Rayados added an insurance goal. Pabón sent the ball to the far post where Avilés Hurtado finished it off to make it 2-0.
The game got worse for Pachuca in the 85th minute when Franco Jara was given a straight red card for kicking César Montes after the Monterrey defender fouled him. Down a man and with mere minutes remaining, the Tuzos were unable to reduce the deficit, let alone go on to find an equalizer.
With the 2-0 win, Monterrey reaches 27 points while Pachuca still has 13.
Monterrey: Hugo González, Leonel Vangioni, John Stefan Medina, César Montes, José María Basanta, Jonathan González, Celso Ortiz, Carlos Sánchez, Avilés Hurtado (Jesús Molina 76′), Rogelio Funes Mori (Jorge Benítez 70′), Dorlan Pabón (Josué Dimínguez 88′).
Pachuca: Óscar Pérez, Omar González, Robert Herrera (Emmanuel García 45′), Joaquín Martínez, Óscar Murillo, Ángelo Sagal (Franco Jara 45′), Erick Gutiérrez, Jorge Hernández (Germán Cano 68′), Víctor Guzmán, Edson Puch, Keisuke Honda.