Monterrey scored late in stoppage time to beat Necaxa 1-0 on the right and assure their spot in the Gran Final with a 3-1 aggregate victory. The Rayados’ win means there will be an adjustment to the playoff schedule, since they’ll be playing in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup next week; as a result, the Liga MX final will be delayed by two weeks and played on December 26th and 29th.
The pressure was on Necaxa in this one; they needed to score to advance, while Monterrey would go through with a 0-0 draw. Nevertheless, it was the visitors who looked more dangerous in the attack. In the 14th minute, Jesús Gallardo was denied by the offside flag as Monterrey looked to seal the series.
The Rayados suffered a setback toward the end of the half, though, when Vincent Janssen was forced out of the game due to injury.
There were, it seemed, more injuries than goal-scoring opportunities throughout the game. There were several stoppages in the second half due to clashes of heads, while Felipe Gallegos was carted off the field in the 70th minute after a nasty-looking twisted ankle.
It wasn’t until the final 10 minutes of the game that Necaxa started to find chances, but they couldn’t make any of them count. In the 89th minute, they hit the post following a corner kick, but they could get no closer than that.
Then, in the 95th minute, Monterrey sealed the victory. Carlos Rodríguez played in Pizarro, who sent a cross to the back post for an unmarked Rogelio Funes Mori to head home.
With the 1-0 (3-1 aggregate) win, Monterrey reaches the final while Necaxa is eliminated.