Monterrey took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Necaxa came back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten in two, while the Rayos are now winless in seven. The result also guarantees Monterrey a spot in the playoffs.
Despite being the visitors, Monterrey started the game off better and took control of the ball. It took them just nine minutes to take the lead, as Leonel Vangioni sent a cross into the box that Dorlan Pabón controlled and then scored to make it 0-1.
Necaxa rallied a bit after falling behind and they created a few chances to tie the game, most notably when Víctor Dávila headed over the bar in the 18th minute and when Francisco Córdova sent his shot just wide in the 33rd.
The hosts kept pressing in the second half, and Facundo Castro tried a shot from distance in the 47th minute that forced a good save out of Marcelo Barovero. The keeper was called on multiple times in the half as Necaxa continued to throw numbers forward, but he made the saves he needed to.
Then, in the 71st minute, Necaxa found the breakthrough. Luis Gallegos got his head to a cross from Brian Fernández and made it 1-1.
The final stanza was end-to-end as both teams looked to take the lead, but in the end they had to settle for a share of the spoils.
With the 1-1 draw, Necaxa reaches 14 points while Monterrey reaches 27.
Necaxa: Hugo González, Brayan Beckeles, Manuel Mayorga, Luis Gallegos, Leobardo López (Luis Hernández 79′), Ventura Alvarado, Dieter Villalpando, Fernando González, Brian Fernández (Claudio Riaño 73′), Francisco Córdova (Facundo Castro 45′), Víctor Dávila.
Monterrey: Marcelo Barovero, Nicolás Sánchez, Leonel Vangioni, José Basanta, John Stefan Medina, Celso Ortiz, Jesús Gallardo (Luis Madrigal 68′), Carlos Rodríguez, Dorlan Pabón, Avilés Hurtado, Rodolfo Pizarro.