In a wild game that finished 9 vs 9, Monterrey pulled out a 3-2 win against América to remain unbeaten this season. The result lifts the Rayados to first place in the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – while the Águilas suffered their first loss of the Clausura.
The game appeared to start off miserably for the Rayados, with Avilés Hurtado earning a straight red card in just the 5th minute of the match following a collision with Agustín Marchesín. Referee Fernando Guerrero initially waved the play off, but after consulting VAR, Hurtado was ejected.
Despite going down to 10 men so early, Monterrey appeared unaffected and they quickly took the lead. In the 12th minute, Paul Aguilar was called for a foul in the box and Nicolás Sánchez converted the ensuing penalty to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
América began to pour the pressure on after falling behind. In the 21st miute, Cristian Insaurralde had a dangerous shot that forced Marcelo Barovero into a good save; then, from the ensuing corner kick, Bruno Valdez hit the crossbar with his header.
Minutes after that, the Águilas tied the game 1-1 as Edson Álvarez collected a rebound at the edge of the box, cut past Sánchez, and sent his low shot past Barovero in the 24th minute.
The second half started with another red card, this one going to América as Jorge Sánchez was sent off for a hard foul in midfield in the 48th minute. Then, in the 56th minute, the visitors went down to nine men as Víctor Aguilera earned his second yellow card of the game.
In the 60th minute, Monterrey had a golden chance to retake the lead when they were awarded a second penalty, this time for a handball in the box. Nicolás Sánchez again stepped up, but this time Marchesín made the save – and in the follow-up, Sánchez was given his second yellow for kicking the goalkeeper in his attempt to get to the loose ball, leaving the score 1-1 and leaving both teams with nine men.
The Rayados were able to bounce back, though, and in the 66th minute Rogelio Funes Mori made it 2-1 for the hosts after Celso Rodríguez played the ball to him in the box.
They then added an insurance goal in the 70th minute, with Funes Mori striking once again. He brought down a cross, cut around two defenders, and fired past Marchesín to make it 3-1 for Monterrey.
América looked for a response, and they were able to cut the deficit to 3-2 when Bruno Valdez got on the end of a header and scrambled the ball home in the 80th minute. But the Águilas weren’t able to fight back any further than that as their unbeaten start to the season came to an end.
With the 3-2 win, Monterrey reaches 10 points while América still has six.
Monterrey: Marcelo Barovero, César Montes, Nicolás Sánchez, John Stefan Medina, Celso Ortiz, Jesús Gallardo, Carlos Rodríguez (Jonathan González 85′), Maximiliano Meza (Johan Vázquez 93′), Rogelio Funes Mori, Dorlan Pabón (Edson Gutiérrez 67′), Avilés Hurtado.
América: Agustín Marchesín, Jorge Sánchez, Edson Álvarez, Bruno Valdez, Víctor Aguilera, Paul Aguilar, Guido Rodríguez, Cristian Insaurralde (Luis Reyes 52′), Renato Ibarra, Roger Martíngez, Henry Martín (Antonio López 58′ – Fernando González 88′).