Monterrey remained unbeaten this season – and moved into first place in the table, pending the rest of this weekend’s results – with an emphatic 5-1 victory against León. The result is a second straight heavy loss for La Fiera, who remain winless in three.
The Rayados, looking for their first home win of the season, poured the pressure on early. By the time Avilés Hurtado opened the scoring in the 16th minute, Monterrey had already seen a shot cleared off the line and a would-be goal disallowed. After Hurtado made it 1-0 with some good individual play, the hosts completely dominated the game.
In the 22nd minute, William Yarbrough gave up a bad rebound on a shot by Dorlan Pabón, allowing Rogelio Funes Mori to make it 2-0.
The night quickly got worse for León as Fernando Navarro was sent off after receiving two yellow cards in the space of five minutes. In the second half, Monterrey put their extra man to good use as they began to run up the score in earnest.
In the 47th minute, Arturo González made it 3-0 with his shot from the edge of the box.
León was able to reduce the deficit in the 60th minute, when Elías Hernández made it 3-1, but the visitors were unable to build on that goal.
Instead, in the 66th minute, Hurtado scored his second of the night to make it 4-1 for the Rayados. He left the game minutes later to an ovation from the crowd, with his replacement, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, rounding out the scoring with his first goal for the Rayados in the 71st minute.
With the 5-1 win, Monterrey reaches 11 points while León still has seven.
Monterrey: Hugo González, César Montes, Leonel Vangioni, José María Basanta, John Stefan Medina, Arturo González, Celso Ortiz, Jonathan González (Nicolás Sánchez 51′), Rogelio Funes Mori, Dorlan Pabón, Avilés Hurtado (Jonathan Urretaviscaya 68′).
León: William Yarbrough, Guillermo Burdisso, Fernando Navarro, Juan Cornejo, Andrés Mosquera, Elías Hernández, Luis Montes, Andrés Andrade (Iván Piris 33′), Alexander Mejía, José Rodríguez, Mauro Boselli.