Monterrey got back to winning ways with a 0-1 away win against Pumas UNAM. The result leaves the universitarios with just one victory in their last five, and with two losses in their last three home games.
The visitors started the game off well with Jorge Benítez and Neri Cardozo active in the attack. However, Alfredo Saldívar was there to keep them off the board.
In the 15th minute, the hosts had a chance of their own through Mauro Formica, but Hugo González made the save and sent the ball out for a corner kick.
Chances were few and far between for the rest of the half, and the score remained 0-0 going into the break. In the second 45, the pace of the game picked up as both teams looked to take the lead.
Monterrey succeeded in the 61st minute. Avilés Hurtado received a through ball, got in behind the defense, and centered the ball for Benítez; a defender got there first, but the rebound fell back to Hurtado, who finished it off to make it 0-1.
After the goal, the Rayados continued to press as they looked to add to their lead, but the final touch was lacking. Meanwhile, Pumas began to threaten González’s goal, as first Kevin Escamilla and then Mauro Formica forced good saves out of the keeper.
In the end, Pumas couldn’t get past Monterrey’s defense as the Rayados made their lone goal stand up.
With the 0-1 win, Monterrey reaches 30 points while Pumas still have 11.
Pumas: Alfredo Saldívar, Gerardo Alcoba, Luis Quintana, Alan Mendoza, Josécarlos van Rankin, Alan Acosta (Kevin Escamilla 66′), Jesús Gallardo, Abraham González, Marcelo Díaz (Pablo Barrera 74′), David Cabrera (Bryan Rabello 84′), Mauro Formica.
Monterrey: Hugo González, José María Basanta, Luis Fuentes, Nicolás Sánchez, Efraín Juárez, Jesús Molina, Avilés Hurtado (Dorlan Pabón 74′), Jonathan González (Carlos Sánchez 50′), Arturo González, Neri Cardozo (John Stefan Medina 79′), Jorge Benítez.