Monterrey beat América 2-0 despite finishing the game with 10 men. The result keeps the Rayados perfect at home this season and firmly at the top of the table, while the Águilas have now lost two in a row.
The visitors started the game off well and they had a pair of good chances through Oribe Peralta in the 9th and 11th minutes. However, those opportunities came to naught and Monterrey began to get into the game.
In the 26th minute, Edson Álvarez lost the ball in midfield, allowing the hosts to mount a quick counterattack. América couldn’t clear their lines and after a series of rebounds, Neri Cardozo’s shot from the top of the box made it 1-0 for Monterrey.
Then, in the waning moments of the first half, the Rayados made it 2-0. Bruno Valdéz was called for a foul on Dorlan Pabón in the box and Avilés Hurtado converted the ensuing penalty to put Monterrey comfortably ahead.
But ten minutes into the second half, Neri Cardozo was given a straight red card, leaving Monterrey to see out the rest of the game with just 10 men.
Miguel Herrera responded with a pair of attack-minded substitutions as he looked to get his team back into the game. América dominated possession with their extra man, but possession wasn’t enough. Monterrey defended well and also kept América’s defense busy with dangerous counterattacks.
In the end, América couldn’t find the breakthrough despite their numerical advantage as Monterrey held on for the win.
With the 2-0 win, Monterrey reaches 22 points while América still has 26.
Monterrey: Hugo González, John Stefan Medina, Nicolás Sánchez, José María Basanta, Luis Fernando Fuentes, César Montes, Neri Cardozo, Jonathan González, Carlos Sánchez (Jesús Molina 92′), Dorlan Pabón (Jorge Benítez 73′), Avilés Hurtado (Arturo González 88′).
América: Agustín Marchesín, Edson Álvarez (Cecilio Domínguez 81′), Pablo Aguilar (Alejandro Díaz 63′), Bruno Valdéz, Miguel Ángel Samudio, Mateus Uribe, Paul Aguilar, Guido Rodríguez, Carlos Darwin Quintero, Silvio Romero (Diego Lainez 45′), Oribe Peralta.