Monterrey has announced Antonio Mohamed as their new head coach, replacing Diego Alonso.
Mohamed previously coached the Rayados from 2015-2018; he led them to the league final twice, but couldn’t win them a Liga MX title – although he did win the Apertura 2017 Copa MX with Monterrey.
The Rayados have been struggling in league play this season; they’re currently sitting 14th with five wins, seven losses, and one draw, and a home loss to rivals Tigres UANL in the Clasico Regio was the last straw for Alonso’s tenure.
Tigres UANL claimed the bragging rights in this rivalry with a 0-2 away win against Monterrey in the 123rd edition of the Clásico Regio. The result snaps a six-game winless run for the universitarios, while the Rayados are now winless in two.
Monterrey came out looking to get back to winning ways at home, but it was Tigres who had the first notable chance of the game. André-Pierre Gignac tested Marcelo Barovero with a shot from distance, which the keeper punched out for a corner kick.
Monterrey let a two-goal lead slip away but fought back for a 3-2 victory against Puebla. The result snaps a two-game losing streak for the Rayados, while the Poblanos remain winless on the road this season and winless in three overall.
The hosts took the lead from the penalty spot in the 18th minute after Maximiliano Perg was called for a foul on Avilés Hurtado in the box. Nicolás Sánchez converted the PK to make it 1-0 for Monterrey.
Necaxa moved into first place in the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – with a 0-2 away win against 10-man Monterrey. The result gives the Rayos back-to-back wins and keeps them unbeaten in five while the Rayados have now lost two in a row.
Monterrey went into this one unbeaten at home in the Apertura, but they were unable to keep that streak alive. The hosts were uncharacteristically ineffectual in the first half, while Necaxa created dangerous chances such as when Mauro Quiroga hit the crossbar.
Santos Laguna returned to the top of the table, at least temporarily, with their 2-1 win against Monterrey. The result keeps the Laguneros perfect at home this season, while the Rayados saw their three-game winning streak brought to a halt.
The game started off perfectly for Santos, who took the lead moments after kickoff. With just 1:29 on the clock, Julio César Furch pounced on a loose ball in the box and put it away after Monterrey failed to clear a long throw-in. 1-0 for the hosts.
Monterrey remained perfect at home with a 2-0 victory against Toluca. The result gives the Rayados three straight wins, while the Diablos Rojos have now lost three in a row and remain winless in the Apertura.
Monterrey started the game off strongly, and dominated play against a Toluca side that still hasn’t managed to get into gear. The Rayados created chance after chance, and were stopped by the woodwork before finding the breakthrough in the 21st minute.
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.