Monterrey let a two-goal lead slip away but fought back for a 3-2 victory against Puebla. The result snaps a two-game losing streak for the Rayados, while the Poblanos remain winless on the road this season and winless in three overall.
The hosts took the lead from the penalty spot in the 18th minute after Maximiliano Perg was called for a foul on Avilés Hurtado in the box. Nicolás Sánchez converted the PK to make it 1-0 for Monterrey.
In the 40th minute, Rogelio Funes Mori made it 2-0 for the Rayados as he headed home a cross from Jesús Gallardo to put the hosts comfortably ahead.
It wasn’t all good news for Monterrey, though; shortly before halftime, César Montes came off much the worse for wear after a nasty clash of heads with Maxi Perg. The dazed defender was quickly subbed off and the club announced via social media that he had been taken to the hospital with concussion symptoms.
The reconfigured defense looked shaky to start the second half, and Puebla soon reduced the deficit. In the 53rd minute, Brayan Angulo received a pass in the box and cut the ball back for Lucas Cavallini, who made it 2-1.
Then, in the 64th, Puebla tied it up. Angulo got on the scoresheet himself as he finished off a corner kick to make it 2-2.
But parity didn’t last; in the 75th minute, Monterrey retook the lead as Dorlan Pabón sent a good cross in for Nicolás Sánchez, who made it 3-2 with his second goal of the night.
With the 3-2 win, Monterrey reaches 15 points while Puebla still has six.