Newly-promoted Atlético San Luis earned a surprise 1-0 victory against Monterrey. The result gives the Potosinos their first win of the Apertura, while alarm bells will be ringing in Monterrey after the Rayados suffered a second straight defeat.
San Luis came out attacking as they looked to atone for their home defeat last weekend, but Monterrey was well-organized at the back. The hosts couldn’t find the breakthrough in the run of play, but their fortunes changed when they were awarded a free kick in the 18th minute.
Matías Catalán lined up the free kick just outside the box and sent it under the wall and through Marcelo Barovero, who got his hands to it but couldn’t keep it out, to make it 1-0 for San Luis.
The Rayados began pushing for an equalizer, and they tested goalkeeper Carlos Rodríguez a few times, but San Luis was able to hold on to the lead.
In the second half, the intensity ratcheted up. Monterrey went on the offensive and San Luis dropped back defensively to protect their lead, while relying on counterattacks to try to grab an insurance goal.
They did manage to get the ball in the net a second time, but the would-be goal was disallowed for offside, which left the game still delicately balanced.
Monterrey nearly snatched a draw at the end; first, in the 87th minute, Charly Rodríguez tried his luck from distance and didn’t miss by much. Then, in the 89th, Maximiliano Meza saw his goal-bound attempt cleared away by Mario Luna.
With the 1-0 win, San Luis reaches three points while Monterrey still has zero.