The hosts, the only non-Mexican team to make it to this round of the tournament, had no realistic chance of overcoming a 5-0 first leg deficit, but they came out attacking as they looked to salvage some dignity. Gerso gave them an early lead – and some fleeting hope – with his 6th minute goal to make it 1-0 (1-5).
Toluca controlled the game from the beginning as they looked to remain in the playoff fight. Marcelo Barovero was forced into action repeatedly to keep the Diablos Rojos off the board, and he very nearly got Monterrey to halftime with the game still goalless.
The visitors started the game off with an attacking posture, but it didn’t take long for the hosts to take control. In the 7th minute, Dorlan Pabón received the ball in the box and sent his diagonal shot past the keeper to make it 1-0 for Monterrey.
In a torrential downpour, Cruz Azul fought back from a two-goal deficit to earn a 2-2 draw against Monterrey. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten at home this season but winless in three overall, while La Máquina saw their three-game winning streak halted but remain unbeaten in five.
The driving rain made field conditions difficult, and although Monterrey found a few early chances, neither team could fully take control of the game. Then, just when it looked like the game would remain goalless going into halftime, Avilés Hurtado finished off a cross from Dorlan Pabón with an impressive bicycle kick to give Monterrey the 1-0 lead in the 44th minute.
Tijuana brought a halt to Monterrey’s season-long unbeaten streak with a 1-0 victory on Saturday night. The result gives the Xolos four wins in their last five, while the Rayados are now winless in two.
The first chance of the game went to the visitors, with Dorlan Pabón testing Gibrán Lajud early on. But Tijuana responded with a chance of their own moments later, when Fabián Castillo got into the box and forced a good save out of Marcelo Barovero.
Monterrey took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Tigres UANL came back for a 1-1 draw in the Clausura 2019 edition of the Clásico Regio. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten this season, but it also keeps the universitarios in first place, one point ahead of their rivals.
The hosts looked the stronger team for much of the game as they put their home-field advantage to good use, although initially there were chances for both teams. Eduardo Vargas had an early opportunity for Tigres, but he couldn’t get his attempt on target; then, in the 16th minute, Rogelio Funes Mori caught the defense napping but sent his shot into Nahuel Guzmán.
A 0-0 draw in the first leg left it all to play for on Wednesday. Monterrey came out attacking as they looked to put their home field advantage to good use, but although they had more possession and more chances, it was Alianza who had one of the more dangerous opportunities with a shot from close-range that ended up skied over the crossbar.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Monterrey and Puebla played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten this season but ends their three-game home winning streak, while the Poblanos remain unbeaten in three.
Monterrey needed a win here to jump back over their regional rivals and reclaim first place, while Puebla was looking for their first victory under Chelis. The game was fairly even initially, with Monterrey having more possession but Puebla having the better of the chances.
The hosts came out with a high press as they looked to surprise Monterrey, but they couldn’t do much to trouble Marcelo Barovero in goal. The pressure did keep the Rayados from mounting any incisive attacks of their own, however, despite attempts by Dorlan Pabón and Avilés Hurtado to get the offense into gear.
In a game where both teams had the lead at one time or another, Monterrey scored late to earn a 2-3 away win against Monarcas Morelia. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten this season and at the top of the table, while the michoacanos have now lost three in a row and are winless in four.
The game started off well for the visitors, who had the first good chance in just the 5th minute. Rogelio Funes Mori sent a header towards goal, but Mario Osuna was there to clear it off the line.