Toluca took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Necaxa came back for a 1-1 draw. The result ends a three-game losing streak for the Rayos, but keeps them winless in five, while the Diablos Rojos are now unbeaten in two.
The game appeared to have started perfectly for the hosts, with Rodrigo Contreras putting the ball in the back of the net in the very first minute, but the would-be goal was disallowed for offside.
After that early scare, Toluca began to press as they looked for all three points under new coach Ricardo La Volpe. Emmanuel Gigliotti had a good opportunity, but Hugo González was able to deflect the shot and then the defense cleared it away.
The visitors thought they had the breakthrough in the 27th minute, but once again the offside flag went up to keep the game goalless.
Moments after the second half started, Toluca had the ball in the net again – and this time it counted. Santiago García brought down a long ball in the box and slid it over to Gigliotti, who stabbed it home from within the six-yard box to make it 0-1 in the 47th minute.
But Necaxa was determined not to lose at home and they began to press in search of an equalizer. In the 55th minute, Ángel Sepúlveda came close, but he sent his shot right at Alfredo Talavera.
Then, in the 65th, Sepúlveda sent a cross towards the back post for Rodrigo Contreras, who headed it home to tie the game 1-1.
Neither team could go on to find a second as Necaxa and Toluca settled for a share of the spoils.
With the 1-1 draw, Necaxa reaches 15 points while Toluca reaches 11.
Necaxa: Hugo González, Alexis Peña, Fernando Meza, Luis Gallegos, Cristian Calderón, Ventura Alvarado, Fernando González, Facundo Castro, Ángel Sepúlveda (José Ruíz 79′), Rodrigo Contreras (Ricardo Marín 77′), César Aguirre (Martín Barragán 45′).
Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Omar Tobio, Santiago García, Osvaldo González, Rodrigo Salinas, Adrián Mora (Richard Ruíz 69′), Antonio Ríos, Federico Mancuello, Pablo Barrientos (Diego Abella 80′), Luis Mendoza (Alan Medina 73′), Emmanuel Gigliotti.