Santos Laguna moved into first place in the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – with a 1-0 win against Monterrey. The result keeps the Laguneros unbeaten at home this season, while the Rayados saw their road winless streak grow to four games.
The game started off at a high intensity, with both teams going on the attack. Monterrey looked for space using the speed of Avilés Hurtado and Dorlán Pabón, while Jonathan Rodríguez was an outlet for Santos.
The visitors were pressing high up the field, but that left space for Santos to exploit when they created turnovers. In the 17th minute, a long pass over the top from Jesús Angulo found Julio César Furch, who out-muscled José María Basanta and sent his shot through the defender’s legs and past Marcelo Barovero to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
Monterrey dominated possession after falling behind as Santos ceded some of the initiative and the visitors pressed for an equalizer. However, the Rayados weren’t able to do much with that possession, creating few chances of note in the first half.
After the break, Monterrey made attack-minded substitutions and found a few good chances, but they still couldn’t find a goal.
In the 76th minute, Santos thought they had added an insurance goal when Matheus Doria put the ball into the back of the net, but VAR disallowed the goal due to offside. In the end, however, one goal was enough as Santos held on for the victory.
With the 1-0 win, Santos reaches 28 points while Monterrey still has 23.
Santos: Jonathan Orozco, José Javier Abella, Jesús Angulo, Hugo Nervo, Matheus Doria, Jesús Isijara (Deinner Quiñones 65′), Osvaldo Martínez, Brian Lozano (Gerardo Alcoba 89′), José Juan Vázquez, Julio César Furch, Jonathan Rodríguez (Eduar Preciado 82′).
Monterrey: Marcelo Barovero, Nicolás Sánchez, Edson Gutiérrez, Leonel Vangioni, José María Basanta (Jesús Gallardo 64′), Axel Grijalva, Eric Cantú (Celso Ortiz 73′), Dorlan Pabón, Avilés Hurtado, Luis Madrigal, Rodolfo Pizarro (Rogelio Funes Mori 70′).