Monterrey kept their faint Liguilla hopes alive with a well-deserved 2-1 win at Monarcas Morelia on Saturday night.
The Rayados came into this game needing a win to have any chance of making the Liguilla, and they nearly conceded early when Raul Ruidiaz’s fifth minute penalty was denied by Jonathan Orozco.
But Monterrey took the lead after 22 minutes when Rogelio Funes Morio grabbed his tenth goal of the season by firing in a Carlos Sanchez cross.
In the second half, it was Monterrey who started brightest and didn’t have to wait long to double their lead. While Funes Mori’s pass was partially blocked, Yimmy Chara smashed home from close range to score Rayados’ second of the night.
At the other end, Monarcas Morelia finally showed some class in possession and Raul Ruidiaz pulled the hosts within one in the 74th minute to level Dayro Moreno in the golden boot race.
Monterrey reacted well and came close to putting the game to bed through an Edwin Cardona free-kick, but at the final whistle, Los Rayados held on to earn all three points.
Monterrey will now have to hope Pumas UNAM and Toluca don’t win their respective games to qualify to the Liguilla.
Monterrey picked up a crucial win in their ambitions for a place in Liguilla by thrashing struggling Veracruz 4-0 at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer on Saturday.
After more than 40 scoreless minutes, the hosts took the lead when Carlos Sanchez had only Pedro Gallese to beat to score Monterrey’s first.
The Rayados added a second early into the second period after Celso Ortiz unleashed a one-time effort from outside the box.
Things then went from bad to worse for the visitors when Edwin Cardona made it 3-0. The Colombian international cut inside at the edge of the box before nestling in a right-footed shot into the back of the net.
Four minutes later, Rogelio Funes Mori latched on to a Dorlan Pabon through ball before firing in the final goal of the game.
The result temporarily leaves Monterrey one point away from eighth place with just one game to go in the regular season. Antonio “Turco” Mohamed’s side need a mixture of a results and a win against Monarcas Morelia on the final day of the regular season to have any chance of making the Liguilla.
Monterey will close out the season against Monarcas Morelia, while Veracruz will host the league leaders Xolos de Tijuana.
Cesar Montes was at the center of the action as Monterrey and Tigres drew 1-1 in another edition of the Clasico Regiomontano at the Estadio Universitario on Saturday.
Monterrey defender Cesar Montes made another confident outing, shutting down France international Andre-Pierre Gignac who failed to make much claim on the match.
The game itself had plenty of early drama with Monterrey’s Yimmi Chara striking the post from a a shot from outside the box. Despite the low-key start, however, the hosts took the lead when Ismael Sosa found himself unmarked to send a diving header past Alexander Dominguez.
In the second half, Monterrey failed to muster any real efforts on goal, and it was Tigres who looked closest to doubling their lead.
But as the match approached the last 20 minutes, following a corner, Cesar Montes found himself unmarked to strike a deflected effort into the back of the net to give Monterrey the equalizer.
The Rayados almost snatched a winner at the death when one final wave of late pressure led to Ivan Piris alone inside the box. The former Udinese man, though, could only fire into Nahuel Guzman’s head as the Clasico Regio ended in a stalemate.
Next, Rayados will look to make final push for the Liguilla when they host the struggling Veracruz at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer, while Tigres take on league leaders Xolos de Tijuana.
Dorlan Pabon fired an equalizer as Monterrey and Toluca shared a 1-1 draw at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer on Saturday.
Pablo “Pitu” Barrientos gave the visitors the lead at the half-hour mark when he fired in a left-footed strike following a Jonathan Orozco save.
Monterrey improved after conceding, and Dorlan Pabon brought the Rayados back on leveled terms at the stroke of halftime. The Colombian forward sent a shot through Alfredo Talavera to put things at 1-1 at the break.
The hosts had the better of a combative second half and Rogelio Funes Mori should have given Monterrey the lead on two ocassions. First, the former Benfica man forced a brilliant save from Talavera in the 69th minute before angling a shot just wide moments later.
At the end, both teams settled for a share of the spoils as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
The result leaves Monterrey in a precarious position in the table, with 18 points in 14 matches and outside of a Liguilla spot.
Next, the Rayados will visit arch-rivals Tigres in the Clasico Regio, while Toluca will host league leaders Xolos de Tijuana.
Monterrey posted their fourth win of the season on Saturday as they sealed a comfortable 4-1 win over last-place Chiapas at the Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
The hosts were blitzed early and Rogelio Funes Mori swept home a Yimmi Chara pass to give Monterrey the lead.
Monterrey’s joy was short-lived, however, and Felix Araujo found himself alone in front of net to fire in the equalizer.
Nevertheless, worse was to follow for the hosts, and Cesar Montes headed home the go-ahead goal 12 minutes later to regain Monterrey the lead.
At the restart, a penalty was called for a Diego de la Torre tackle on Funes Mori. Dorlan Pabon stepped up and scored to double the visitors’ lead.
Funes Mori then put the game beyond doubt when he latched on to a superb Cesar Montes pass to grab Monterrey’s fourth and final goal.
Monterrey will look to keep their good momentum going when they host Toluca next week, while Chiapas will host league leaders Xolos de Tijuana.