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Monterrey fight back to earn 2-2 draw over nine-man Chivas

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Dorlan Pabon rescued Monterrey from a fifth straight defeat to Chivas after they came from two goals to earn a 2-2 draw with Guadalajara, who suffered two sending offs through the course of 90 minutes.

Monterrey threatened early, but it was the visitors who took the lead when Rodolfo Pizarro unleashed a spectacular volley past Alexander Dominguez on 10 minutes.

Chances kept coming for Chivas, and they grabbed a second just before the quarter-mark. From a Javier Eduardo “La Chofis” Lopez corner, Edwin Hernandez appeared unmarked to force Dominguez to a save. Hernandez grabbed his own rebound and made no mistake from close range to put things at 2-0.

It was no more Chivas deserved, and although they looked headed for their second win of the season, a Jose Juan “Gallito” Vazquez red card gave Monterrey a lifeline heading into the second half.

Things then went from bad to worse for Chivas when Jair Pereira was sent off for two yellow cards in a space of seconds, leaving the visitors down to nine men.

The hosts took advantage, and in the 56th minute, Rogelio Funes Mori pulled Monterrey within one, via his own rebounded shot.

Monterrey continued to huff and puff as they went in search of the leveler and eventually found it through Dorlan Pabon. The Colombian forward expertly placed a shot into the back of the net from long range for Rayados’ second.

Chivas were defying the two-man difference, as Rodolfo Cota parried shot after shot, accounting for an astounding 12 saves.

At the end, Cota was the hero as Chivas held on to escape Monterrey with a point.