Monterrey kept their playoff hopes alive – and complicated Pachuca’s – with a 2-3 away win on Wednesday night. The result snaps a four-game winless streak for the Rayados, while the Tuzos have now lost three in a row.
Both teams came out attacking and there were chances at either end, but the visitors were the first to capitalize. In the 10th minute, Monterrey won a corner kick; Dorlan Pabón sent it toward the near post, Rodrigo Rey couldn’t make the clearance, and Nicolás Sánchez finished it off to give the Rayados the 0-1 lead.
Pachuca looked for a response and in the 28th minute they found one. Víctor Guzmán sent a low shot toward the far post; Marcelo Barovero got a hand to it but only knocked it into the path of an unmarked Raúl López, who made it 1-1.
But Monterrey retook the lead before halftime. In the 42nd minute, the Rayados made another set piece count with Rodolfo Pizarro finishing off a corner kick at the far post to make it 1-2.
Yet another corner kick gave Monterrey their third goal in the 53rd minute, with Sánchez scoring his second of the night to give the visitors a comfortable 1-3 lead.
The night ended up getting a bit complicated for the Rayados, though, as John Stefan Medina was sent off in the 80th minute with his second yellow card of the night. Pachuca soon took advantage of their extra man to reduce the deficit, with Guzmán making it 2-3 in the 84th minute with his shot from outside the box.
The rest of the game was frenetic, with Pachuca throwing everything and everyone at Monterrey in a desperate search for an equalizer, but in the end Monterrey was able to hold on to the lead.
With the 2-3 win, Monterrey reaches 20 points while Pachuca still has 18.