Both teams had the lead at one time or another, but in the end Monterrey and Monarcas Morelia had to settle for a 2-2 draw. This was the season opener for the reigning champs (with their Jornada 1 game postponed to February), while the result keeps the michoacanos winless in two.
The hosts had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 21st minute, when Miguel Ángel Sansores was called for a foul on Nicolás Sánchez in the box. VAR upheld the penalty call and in the 25th minute, Sánchez stepped up and converted the spot kick to make it 1-0 for the Rayados.
Soon after that, Morelia thought they had the equalizer. Rodrigo Millar put the ball into the back of the net in the 32nd minute, but following VAR review, the would-be goal was disallowed for a foul in the build-up.
Nevertheless, Morelia continued to press, and it wasn’t long before they had the ball in the net again – and this time it counted, with Martín Rodríguez heading home a cross from Luis Mendoza to make it 1-1 in the 39th minute.
Then, less than a minute after the second half began, Morelia completed the turnaround as Aldo Rocha acrobatically finished off a deflected cross to give Morelia the 1-2 lead.
The visitors were unable to hold on to that lead, however, with another penalty proving their undoing. In the 63rd minute, Cándido Ramírez was called for a handball in the box following VAR review, and once again Nicolás Sánchez stepped up to take the PK. He converted it to level the game 2-2.
Despite a few chances, neither team was able to break the deadlock as Morelia and Monterrey had to settle for a share of the spoils.
With the 2-2 draw, Monterrey and Morelia both reach one point.