Monarcas Morelia earned an away victory against Toluca by the minimum difference, winning 0-1. The result keeps La Monarquía unbeaten in five – with four wins in that span – while the Diablos Rojos have now lost back-to-back games and are winless in three.
The first half was a largely even affair. Toluca had the first opportunity of the game, but both teams were largely limited to shots from distance that did little to trouble either keeper. When halftime rolled around, the score remained 0-0.
In the second half, Toluca began to look more dangerous with the insertion of Rubens Sambueza. The Diablos had a new creativity in attack, but they still couldn’t find the breakthrough.
Then, in the 58th minute, the visitors opened the scoring. Rodolfo Vilchis was fouled about ten yards outside the box, but the referee gave the advantage as the ball fell to Rodrigo Millar. He found Diego Valdés at the top of the box, and he sent his shot to the near post to make it 0-1 for Morelia.
After the goal, Toluca threw numbers forward as they looked for an immediate response. Fernando Uribe had a pair of one-on-one opportunities against Sebastián Sosa, but he couldn’t finish either one off.
Finally, in stoppage time, it looked like Toluca’s pressure would pay off when Francisco Chacón awarded a penalty kick. However, Sebastián Sosa saved the attempt from Pablo Barrientos to preserve Morelia’s lead – and the victory.
With the 0-1 win, Morelia reaches 26 points while Toluca still has 23.
Toluca: Luis García, Rodrigo Salinas, Osvaldo González, Efraín Velarde, Santiago García, Pablo Barrientos, Carlos Esquivel, Jesús Méndez (Martín Abundiz 70′), Antonio Ríos, Alexis Canelo (Rubens Sambueza 55′), Fernando Uribe.
Morelia: Sebastián Sosa, Emanuel Loeschbor, Carlos Guzmán, Sebastián Vegas, Jorge Valadéz, Diego Valdés (Juan Rodríguez 84′), Mario Osuna, Rodolfo Vilchis (Gastón Lezcano 72′), Rodrigo Millar (Aldo Rocha 72′), Ángel Sepúlveda, Raúl Ruidíaz.