Diego Alonso got his tenure as Monterrey coach off to a winning start when he returned to the Estadio Hidalgo to face his former team, with the Rayados earning a 0-1 victory against Pachuca in their Apertura 2018 debut.
The visitors started the game off attacking as they kept up a high press, with ex-Pachuca players Jonathan Urretaviscaya and Rodolfo Pizarro looking dangerous together. The Tuzos created some chances of their own, but they were unable to really trouble Marcelo Barovero in goal.
The second half saw more end-to-end play as both teams sought the breakthrough, but slowly the Rayados began to take control. Avilés Hurtado had a dangerous chance in the 62nd minute with a bicycle kick, but Alfonso Blanco was able to make the save, sending the ball out for a corner kick.
From the ensuing corner, which Monterrey played short, Hurtado took another shot – and this time, Blanco couldn’t keep it out despite getting a hand to it. 0-1 for the Rayados.
After falling behind, Pako Ayestarán turned to his bench as he looked to get Pachuca back into the game. The insertion of Erick Gutiérrez helped the Tuzos find firmer footing, but they were ultimately unable to find a tying goal.
With the 0-1 win, Monterrey reaches three points while Pachuca still has zero.
Pachuca: Alfonso Blanco, Miguel Tapias, Emmanuel García, Joaquín Martínez (Raúl López 91′), Alexis Peña, Víctor Guzmán, Erick Aguirre (Francisco Figueroa 64′), Jorge Hernández, Pablo López (Erick Gutiérrez 46′), Franco Jara, Sebastián Palacios.
Monterrey: Marcelo Barovero, Nicolás Sánchez, Leonel Vangioni (Arturo González 78′), José María Basanta, John Stefan Medina, Celso Ortiz, Jesús Gallardo, Jonathan González, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Avilés Hurtado, Rodolfo Pizarro (Juan Pablo Carrizo 85′).