Monarcas Morelia took and lost the lead twice before ultimately earning a 2-3 away win against Cruz Azul. The result snaps a two-game losing streak for the michoacanos, while La Máquina now has just one win in their last nine.
In solidarity with Veracruz, the two teams did not play for the first minute after the opening whistle, simply standing quietly on the field. When the clock hit 1:00, they kicked off for real, and Morelia soon created opportunities.
In the 16th minute, they took the lead. Miscommunication in the back saw Jesús Corona come out of his box to head the ball away – but only as far as Sebastián Ferreira, who sent it into the empty net to make it 0-1 for Monarcas.
Just before halftime, Cruz Azul was able to tie it up. In the 41st minute, Julio César Domínguez sent the ball into the box and Jonathan Rodríguez redirected it past Sebastián Sosa to make it 1-1.
Morelia reclaimed their lead shortly after the restart, though. In the 54th minute, Ferreira finished off a cross from Miguel Ángel Sansores, scoring his second of the night to put the visitors ahead 1-2.
But once again, Cruz Azul found a response. Rodríguez scored his second of the game in the 76th minute, sending a low shot from the top of the box skimming past Sosa to make it 2-2.
But parity lasted just four minutes before Morelia – and Ferreira – got on the board again. Ferreira finished off his hat-trick in the 80th minute to give the visitors what would prove to be the definitive 2-3 lead.
They had a chance to make it four after winning a penalty when Joaquín Martínez was fouled in the box, but Mario Osuna saw his PK saved by Corona to keep it 2-3.
With the 2-3 win, Morelia reaches 19 points while Cruz Azul still has 16.