Monterrey vs Monarcas Morelia – Jornada 1 Recap and Highlights

Monterrey took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Monarcas Morelia tied it up 1-1 with a last-gasp penalty in their Clausura 2018 season opener.

The visitors started the game off strongly, with Raúl Ruidíaz looking dangerous; however, it was the hosts who took the lead. In the 25th minute, José María Basanta found Rogelio Funes Mori, who beat Sebastián Sosa to give the Rayados the 1-0 lead.

That goal took some of the wind out of Morelia’s sails, and Monterrey was easily able to hold on to the lead going into halftime.

In the second half, the Rayados looked for an insurance goal, with Dorlan Pabón trying his luck with a powerful shot shortly after the restart. At the other end, Morelia knocked on the door with a header by Ángel Sepúlveda that forced a good save out of Hugo González.

La Monarquía continued to press forward, but they couldn’t find the breakthrough; as the clock wound down, it looked like Monterrey would hold on to the lead. Then, deep in stoppage time, referee Adonai Escobedo called Nicolás Sánchez for a push on Miguel Ángel Sansores in the box, giving Morelia a late penalty.

Mario Osuna stepped up to take the spot kick, and he converted it to tie it up 1-1 in the 97th minute with the final kick of the game.

With the 1-1 draw, Monterrey and Morelia both reach one point.

Highlights

Lineups

Monterrey: Hugo González, Nicolás Sánchez, Leonel Vangioni, José María Basanta, John Stefan Medina, Carlos Sánchez (Jesús Molina 72′), Arturo González (César Montes 77′), Celso Ortiz, Jonathan González, Rogelio Funes Mori (Julio González 77′), Dorlan Pabón.

Morelia: Sebastián Sosa, Carlos Rodríguez, Carlos Guzmán (Salvador Reyes 79′), Emanuel Loeschbor, Jorge Valadéz, Diego Valdés, Rodolfo Vilchis (Miguel Ángel Sansores 63′), Mario Osuna, Aldo Rocha, Raúl Ruidíaz, Ángel Sepúlveda.

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