In a torrential downpour, Cruz Azul fought back from a two-goal deficit to earn a 2-2 draw against Monterrey. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten at home this season but winless in three overall, while La Máquina saw their three-game winning streak halted but remain unbeaten in five.
The driving rain made field conditions difficult, and although Monterrey found a few early chances, neither team could fully take control of the game. Then, just when it looked like the game would remain goalless going into halftime, Avilés Hurtado finished off a cross from Dorlan Pabón with an impressive bicycle kick to give Monterrey the 1-0 lead in the 44th minute.
The Rayados then scored again just minutes after the restart, with César Montes heading home a corner kick to make it 2-0 for the hosts in the 48th minute.
Cruz Azul looked for a response, but the rain and deteriorating field hampered their efforts. Then, in the 76th minute, Milton Caraglio got his head to a long cross from Martín Cauteruccio to reduce the deficit to 2-1 and give the visitors a lifeline.
It looked like Monterrey had restored their two-goal cushion through Rogelio Funes Mori, but the would-be goal was disallowed for offside in the 81st minute.
That proved costly in stoppage time, when Igor Lichnovsky got his head to a corner kick to level the game, making it 2-2 in the 91st minute.
With the 2-2 draw, Monterrey reaches 23 points while Cruz Azul reaches 19.
Monterrey: Marcelo Barovero, César Montes, Edson Gutiérrez, Leonel Vangioni, John Stefan Medina, Celso Ortiz, Carlos Rodríguez (Jonathan González 65′), Rogelio Funes Mori, Dorlan Pabón (Jesús Gallardo 74′), Avilés Hurtado (Johan Vásquez 90′), Rodolfo Pizarro.
Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Julio César Domínguez, Igor Lichnovsky, Adrián Aldrete, José Madueña, Yoshimar Yotún, Javier Salas (Roberto Alvarado 24′), Édgar Mendez, Rafael Baca (Martín Cauteruccio 54′), Orbelín Pineda (Martín Zúñiga 90′), Milton Caraglio.