Necaxa took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they fell 3-2 to Toluca. The result is a third straight win for the Diablos Rojos while the Rayos have lost two of their last three and remain winless on the road this season.
The hosts started the game off well and looked dangerous initially from set pieces, particularly corners. But although Toluca had more chances, Necaxa had the better ones. The visitors came within inches in the 25th minute, when Víctor Dávila beat his defender but sent his shot just wide.
Then, in the 37th minute, Martín Barragán hit the woodwork as Necaxa continued to knock on the door. Shortly after that warning shot, the visitors took the lead. In the 40th minute, Francisco Córdova – who had come on as a sub for the injured Daniel Álvarez – started the play on the right side as he passed the ball into the box; Toluca failed to clear it and Córdova, having continued his run, finished off the rebound to make it 0-1.
Halftime revived the hosts, however, and in the second stanza it was Toluca who kept knocking on the door. In the 50th minute, Rodrigo Salinas tied the game 1-1 as he received a pass from Rubens Sambueza, ran into the box, and sent his low shot to the far corner.
Soon after that, they took the lead. In the 59th minute, Sambueza played in Ernesto Vega, who drew out the keeper and sent a low shot towards the far post. It looked goal-bound, but Luis Quiñones guaranteed it as he knocked the ball over the line to make it 2-1 for Toluca.
The Diablos Rojos appeared to put the game firmly out of reach in the 80th minute, as Luis García sent a long goal kick upfield, where it bounced past the first line of defense and fell for Vega, who made it 3-1.
Necaxa made the final moments interesting, however, as Matías Fernández pulled the visitors back to within one with his golazo from outside the box in the 87th minute, but they ultimately couldn’t fight back any further than that.
With the 3-2 win, Toluca reaches 19 points while Necaxa still has 11.
Toluca: Luis García, Omar Tobio, Osvaldo González, Cristian Borja, Rodrigo Salinas, William da Silva, Rubens Sambueza, Antonio Ríos, Luis Quiñones (Afolfo Domínguez 64′), Luis Mendoza (Enrique Triverio 46′), Ernesto Vega (Pedro Canelo 80′).
Necaxa: Hugo González, Brayan Beckeles, Luis Hernández, Manuel Mayorga, Ventura Alvarado, Dieter Villalpando (Claudio Riaño 82′), Matías Fernández, Fernando González, Daniel Álvarez (Francisco Córdova 30′), Martín Barragán (Luis Gallegos 62′), Víctor Dávila.