Neither team could find the breakthrough in the Apertura 2018 edition of the Clásico Regio as Tigres UANL and Monterrey played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the universitarios unbeaten in five, but winless in two, while the Rayados ended a two-game losing streak but remain winless in four.
A violent confrontation between groups of fans before the game left several people injured, one seriously, and led to a statement by Liga MX that the incident is being investigated.
There were injuries on the field as well; José María Basanta had to leave the game in the 10th minute after suffering an apparent pulled muscle, and Rodolfo Pizarro left the game at halftime with an injury of his own.
Tigres proved unable to take advantage of Monterrey’s forced substitutions, although they had a few good chances, primarily through André-Pierre Gignac who had a pair of dangerous opportunities in the 32nd and 55th minutes.
In the 71st minute, Juninho had a great chance to score the opening goal, but Marcelo Barovero managed an impressive save to keep it 0-0.
Then, in the 76th minute, Juninho was sent off with his second yellow card of the night, leaving the hosts with just 10 men. Monterrey tried to take advantage, and in the 80th minute Dorlan Pabón tried his luck from outside the box but the breakthrough wouldn’t come.
In the end, both teams seemed resigned to the goalless draw as the injuries and red card were among the most interesting parts of the match.
With the 0-0 draw, Tigres reach 15 points while Monterrey reaches 17.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Jorge Torres Nilo, Rafael Carioca, Lucas Zelarayán (Eduardo Vargas 62′), Guido Pizarro, Luis Rodríguez, Jesús Dueñas, André-Pierre Gignac (Juan José Sánchez 80′), Julián Quiñones.
Monterrey: Marcelo Barovero, Nicolás Sánchez, Leonel Vangioni, José María Basanta (César Montes 10′), John Stefan Medina, Celso Ortiz, Jesús Molina, Jonathan González, Rogelio Funes Mori (Luis Madrigal 65′), Dorlan Pabón, Rodolfo Pizarro (Jesús Gallardo 45′).