Necaxa moved into first place in the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – with a 0-2 away win against 10-man Monterrey. The result gives the Rayos back-to-back wins and keeps them unbeaten in five while the Rayados have now lost two in a row.
Monterrey went into this one unbeaten at home in the Apertura, but they were unable to keep that streak alive. The hosts were uncharacteristically ineffectual in the first half, while Necaxa created dangerous chances such as when Mauro Quiroga hit the crossbar.
The visitors found the breakthrough in the 36th minute. Jesús Angulo drove forward and played a give-and-go to get into the box, where he continued on into the six-yard box and slotted the ball home to make it 0-1 for Necaxa.
Monterrey looked for a response in the second half, but their attempt at a comeback was hindered by the red card given to Miguel Layún in the 55th minute. The Rayados did manage to find some chances despite playing with 10, but Hugo González was alert in goal to keep the hosts off the board.
Then, in the 81st minute, Angulo scored his second of the night to guarantee the victory for the visitors. Under pressure from Maximiliano Salas, Marcelo Barovero’s attempted clearance of a backpass went straight to Angulo, whose shot from outside the box found the empty net with Barovero unable to scramble back in time. 0-2 for the Rayos.
With the 0-2 win, Necaxa reaches 17 points while Monterrey still has 12.