After the second half was delayed 40 minutes due to lightning, Monterrey scored late to earn a 0-1 away win against 10-man Monarcas Morelia. The result gives the Rayados a second straight victory, while the michoacanos remain winless at home in the Apertura.
Both teams had chances in the first half. In the 10th minute, Gabriel Achilier slipped and fell in the box while trying to defend against Rogelio Funes Mori, but he couldn’t take advantage as he failed to find the target with his attempt.
A stoppage-time goal earned Monterrey the win as they came from behind to beat León 3-2. The result gives the Rayados their first win of the season in their first home game, while La Fiera suffered their first loss of the Apertura.
The night started off well for the visitors, who moved the ball well, got consistently into the attack, and opened the scoring in the 17th minute. From a corner kick, the ball was nodded on to the far post, where Ismael Sosa stooped to head the ball home and give León the 0-1 lead.
Newly-promoted Atlético San Luis earned a surprise 1-0 victory against Monterrey. The result gives the Potosinos their first win of the Apertura, while alarm bells will be ringing in Monterrey after the Rayados suffered a second straight defeat.
San Luis came out attacking as they looked to atone for their home defeat last weekend, but Monterrey was well-organized at the back. The hosts couldn’t find the breakthrough in the run of play, but their fortunes changed when they were awarded a free kick in the 18th minute.
Monterrey took the lead but couldn’t hold it as América came back for an emphatic 4-2 victory.
The game started off well for the Rayados, who took the lead in just the 7th minute. The Águilas lost the ball trying to play out of the back, and Rogelio Funes Mori took advantage to slip in behind the defense and make it 0-1 for Monterrey.
Tigres UANL booked their spot in the Clausura 2019 Gran Final with a 1-0 win against Monterrey in the second leg of this Clásico Regio semifinal series. With the aggregate tied 1-1 and away goals not a factor, the universitarios advanced due to the higher seed tiebreaker.
The onus was on Tigres in this one after Monterrey’s victory in the first leg, and they looked to make their home field advantage count in the partisan atmosphere of El Volcán. The hosts controlled possession for the majority of the first half, although there weren’t too many truly dangerous chances.
Tigres UANL vs Monterrey – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes First leg: Monterrey 1-0 Tigres
Tigres UANL (2nd) suffered a narrow defeat in the first leg of this Clásico Regio semifinal series, and they’ll now look to overcome the deficit when they return home to El Volcán. Due to their position as higher seed, a 1-0 victory would send Tigres through; but if Monterrey scores, the universitarios will need to win by two due to the away goals tiebreaker. Tigres lost just once at home in the regular season and scored 2+ goals in seven of their eight games there, so a comeback here is well within the realms of possibility. They will not want to lose to their regional rivals again, especially not at home; expect high intensity from the opening whistle.
Monterrey took the lead in this Clásico Regio semifinal series with a 1-0 victory against Tigres UANL in Wednesday’s first leg.
The Rayados came out attacking as they looked to make their home-field advantage count, and Rogelio Funes Mori had a very early chance saved by Nahuel Guzmán. Tigres did not sit back to defend, but pressed forward themselves, and Luis Quiñones had a good chance in the 12th minute but his attempt was high.
Cruz Azul vs América – 7:00 PM – Univision First leg: América 3-1 Cruz Azul
Cruz Azul lost the first leg, but thanks to their away goal and their position as higher seed, they are still in a reasonable position to advance: La Máquina needs a two-goal win to move on to the semifinals. They were not a very high-scoring team in the regular season, though, amassing 26 goals in total; they won by a 2+-goal margin just four times in 17 games. Nevertheless, that’s what they need to do in this one. The pressure is on, especially since Cruz Azul will not want to be knocked out of the playoffs by their Clásico rivals.
Necaxa got their quarterfinal series off to a good start with a 1-0 victory against Monterrey, who played the majority of the game with 10 after a first-half red card.
The game started off well for the visitors, who put pressure on Necaxa and had a few chances through Avilés Hurtado and Dorlan Pabón. They couldn’t find too many clear chances, though, although Hugo González came close to gifting them a goal after mishandling a free kick in the 20th minute. However, the keeper was able to recover and grab the ball out of the air before it made it over the line. Continue reading →
Necaxa vs Monterrey – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Necaxa (6th) finished off the regular season with a 1-0 victory against Querétaro to send them into the playoffs with a four-game unbeaten streak. The Rayos are also unbeaten at home in four and lost just once at home in the regular season. However, they also had more draws than victories in the Estadio Victoria and accumulated the fewest home points of any of the playoff teams; they also scored the fewest home goals: 12 in eight games. Necaxa had a better record on the road, but they’ll still be looking to put their home-field advantage to good use as they start their quarterfinal series in this one. Continue reading →