After the second half was delayed 40 minutes due to lightning, Monterrey scored late to earn a 0-1 away win against 10-man Monarcas Morelia. The result gives the Rayados a second straight victory, while the michoacanos remain winless at home in the Apertura.
Both teams had chances in the first half. In the 10th minute, Gabriel Achilier slipped and fell in the box while trying to defend against Rogelio Funes Mori, but he couldn’t take advantage as he failed to find the target with his attempt.
Morelia had a good chance of their own in the 17th minute, when Joaquín Martínez headed the ball on to an unmarked Fernando Aristeguieta at the top of the six-yard box, but Marcelo Barovero reacted well to make the save.
Then, in the 33rd minute, Martínez received his second yellow card of the game for a foul on Rodolfo Pizarro, leaving the hosts to see out the rest of the game with just 10 players.
The game went into halftime goalless, and it was close to an hour before the restart as the skies opened up in Michoacán.
When the second half finally began, Monterrey looked the better side as they looked to make their numerical advantage count. Pizarro was particularly dangerous for the Rayados, and in the 62nd minute he came within inches of giving them the lead with a shot that hit the crossbar.
As the game went into stoppage time still deadlocked at 0-0, it looked like Morelia would escape with a point. But then, in the 95th minute, Miguel Layún pounced on a loose ball at the top of the box and sent it past a diving Sebastián Sosa to give Monterrey the 0-1 lead at the death.
With the 0-1 win, Monterrey reaches six points while Morelia still has three.