León continued their climb up the table with a comfortable 3-0 win against 10-man Toluca. The result is a fourth straight win for La Fiera, while the Diablos Rojos remain winless in five (with four losses in that span).
The visitors had the first notable chance through Felipe Pardo, whose long-distance shot went just wide; then, in the 13th minute, Fernando Navarro came within inches for León as his header hit the crossbar.
León looked the more dangerous side for most of the half, but they were unable to find the breakthrough. Then, in the second half, it looked like Toluca had taken the lead when Emmanuel Gigliotti had the ball in the back of the net, but after VAR review the would-be goal was disallowed for offside.
Then, in the 65th minute, Toluca went down to 10 men as Antonio Ríos was sent off for a handball in the box. Ángel Mena converted the ensuing penalty kick to give León the 1-0 lead in the 67th minute.
In the 75th minute, Toluca saw coach Hernán Crisante ejected from the sidelines as well, an event that has been a common occurrence this season.
Shortly after Crisante’s departure, the hosts added to their lead as José Macías finished off a cross from Mena to make it 2-0.
Mena then got back on the scoresheet himself in stoppage time as he received the ball just outside the box, left his defender on the ground, and beat Alfredo Talavera to make it 3-0 for León.
With the 3-0 win, León reaches 14 points while Toluca still has seven.
León: Rodolfo Cota, Andrés Mosquera, Fernando Navarro, William Tesillo, Miguel Herrera, Luis Montes (Juan José Calero 91′), José Rodríguez, Ángel Mena, Jean Meneses (Carlos Guerrero 83′), Joel Campbell (Jorge Díaz 88′), José Macías.
Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Osvaldo González, Rodrigo Salinas, Jonatan Maidana, Adrián Mora, Antonio Ríos, Édgar Felipe Pardo, Federico Mancuello (Luis Mendoza 77′), Pablo Barrientos, Emmanuel Gigliotti (Iván Acero 83′), Enrique Triverio.