Monarcas Morelia remained perfect at home this season with a 1-0 victory against 10-man Querétaro. The result ends a two-game unbeaten streak for the Gallos Blancos, and it could see them lose ground in the relegation fight as well.
The game started off poorly for the visitors, who went down to 10 men in just the 7th minute as Miguel Samudio was given a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Carlos Guzmán. Morelia looked to take advantage, but they were unable to make their extra man count in a largely even first half.
The second half started with a dangerous header by Rodrigo Millar that very nearly opened the scoring for the hosts, but he was ultimately denied by the post. It was a warning of things to come, though, and in the 56th minute Morelia took the lead.
Gastón Lezcano, who had recently entered the game, made it 1-0 with his shot from inside the six-yard box, assisted by Diego Valdés.
Morelia pressed forward as they looked for an insurance goal, but Tiago Volpi made several important interventions to keep his team in the game. Querétaro was unable to find an equalizer, however, and the hosts held on for the victory.
With the 1-0 win, Morelia reaches seven points while Querétaro still has four.
Morelia: Sebastián Sosa, Carlos Rodríguez, Carlos Guzmán, Gabriel Achilier, Jorge Valadéz, Diego Valdés, Rodrigo Millar, Mario Osuna, Aldo Rocha (Gastón Lezcano 46′), Raúl Ruidíaz, Ángel Sepúlveda (Rodolfo Vilchis 76′).
Querétaro: Tiago Volpi, Miguel Ángel Martínez, Diego Novaretti, Miguel Ángel Samudio, Hiram Mier, Jaime Gómez, Javier Güemez, Luis Noriega (Erbin Trejo 71′), Armando Zamorano (Aldo Arellano 19′), Camilo Sanvezzo (Matías Britos 71′), Edson Puch.