Monterrey got back to winning ways with a 1-0 victory against Pumas UNAM. The result keeps the Rayados perfect at home this season, while the universitarios saw their four-game unbeaten streak halted.
The game started off perfectly for Monterrey, who took the lead in just the 4th minute. Nicolás Sánchez got his head to a corner kick and beat Alfredo Saldívar to make it 1-0 right off the bat.
Sánchez then had a chance to make it two with a bicycle kick, but Saldívar was able to make the save and keep Pumas in the game.
After adjusting to falling behind to early, the visitors reacted well and began to create dangerous chances of their own. Víctor Malcorra got into a good spot, but Dorlan Pabón came back to make the defensive play and the chance went begging.
Pabón was active in attack as well and in the 17th minute he was in good position, only for Alan Mozo to strip the ball away. But the field was titled in Monterrey’s favor and they soon found more chances. In the 23rd minute, Rodolfo Pizarro had a good shot stopped by Saldívar.
Both goalkeepers were kept busy and in the 32nd minute Avilés Hurtado beat the keeper only to be denied by the crossbar; soon after that, Luis Madrigal hit the woodwork as well as the onslaught continued.
The second half continued to be end-to-end with chances coming for both teams. But the breakthrough wouldn’t come as Monterrey managed to hold on to their narrow advantage and take all three points.
With the 1-0 win, Monterrey reaches 12 points while Pumas still have 10.
Monterrey: Marcelo Barovero, Nicolás Sánchez, Leonel Vangioni, José María Basanta, Eric Cantú, Celso Ortiz (Jesús Molina 68′), Jonathan González, Dorlan Pabón (Jonathan Urretaviscaya 81′), Avilés Hurtado, Luis Madrigal (Jesús Gallardo 73′), Rodolfo Pizarro.
Pumas: Alfredo Saldívar, Alan Mozo, Luis Quintana (Pablo Jáquez 34′), Alan Mendoza, Rosario Cota, Kevin Escamilla, Víctor Malcorra, Martín Rodríguez (Juan Itubre 81′), Pablo Barrera, Felipe Mora, Carlos González (Matías Alustiza 36′).