In the Apertura 2017 edition of the Clásico Regio, Monterrey earned the bragging rights with a 2-0 victory against Tigres UANL. The result sees the Rayados finish the season as superlíder, with Tigres behind them in second. Both teams were already qualified for the playoffs.
The game started on a sour note for the visitors, with Israel Jiménez suffering an early injury that saw him replaced by Lucas Zelarayán in just the 6th minute. Then, in the 13th minute, it appeared that Monterrey had taken the lead, but the would-be goal was disallowed for offside.
Monterrey had another good chance in the 28th minute through Nicolás Sánchez, but Nahuel Guzmán made a good save to deny him. Tigres, at the other end, were unable to really threaten Hugo González.
Then, just moments into the second half, the Rayados took the lead. Neri Cardozo collected a rebound, got into the box, got past two defenders, and sent a low cross towards the six-yard box, where the unfortunate Juninho turned it into his own net to make it 1-0 for Monterrey on an own-goal.
Four minutes later, the hosts made it 2-0. From a corner kick, Nicolás Sánchez nodded the ball on for Avilés Hurtado, who finished it off with a header of his own to give Monterrey an insurance goal in the 50th minute.
With the confidence of the two-goal lead, Monterrey controlled the remainder of the game, controlling possession and the pace of play. Tigres tried to reduce the deficit, but in the end they couldn’t find the breakthrough.
With the 2-0 win, Monterrey reaches 37 points while Tigres still have 32.
Monterrey: Hugo González, Nicolás Sánchez, John Stefan Medina, José Basanta (Efraín Juárez 76′), Leonel Vangioni, Jesús Molina (Jesús Zavala 85′), Neri Cardozo, Jonathan González, Carlos Sánchez, Avilés Hurtado (Dorlan Pabón 60′), Rogelio Funes Mori.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Jorge Torres Nilo, Hugo Ayala, Israel Jiménez (Lucas Zelarayán 6′), Juninho, Javier Aquino, Luis Rodríguez, Rafael Carioca, Jürgen Damm (Eduardo Vargas 65′), André-Pierre Gignac, Enner Valencia.