Monterrey had an almost copycat game of the first ever Clasico Regio in Estadio BBVA Bancomer as they beat Tigres 1-0 on a goal by Cesar Montes.
Like their first Clasico played in that stadium (which ended 1-0 on a free kick headed in by Efrain Juarez), they won on a second half goal scored by a Mexican player off a set piece when Montes was wide open and kicked a ball into the back of the net.
The win elevates Monterrey to second place and severely hurts the chances of Tigres, who clearly suffered from the absence of Argentinean Guido Pizarro, who got a broken nose in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final.
The first half failed to live to the expectations of the game. Without Pizarro, Tigres didn't look good offensively, as their defensive block failed to transition to the offense. Their only chance came from a corner and it wasn't really a clear chance.
On the other hand Monterrey had some good chances that were wasted by Dorlan Pabon. He first missed-kicked a clear chance from outside the area and then did the same from close range.
The game also had a controversial play that looked like a handball from a Tigres defender but that the ref waived as unintentional.
The second half had a complete 180 turn as Tigres started going on the offense and Monterrey responded after a couple of minutes. The game had more attacking plays in the early minutes of the second half than in all the first.
After a corner kick, Monterrey opened the scoring with what proved to be the deciding play of the game. Cesar Montes was wide open and was able to volley the ball into the net after a Tigres mistake.
After the goal, Tigres coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti made offensive substitutions, but the Felinos weren't able to take over a game that became very intense and physical, along with having its fair share of dust ups. Maybe because of this and because of a good defensive setup, Tigres was unable to create much, and Andre Pierre Gignac and Eduardo Vargas didn't have a single clear chance in the second half.
On the other side, Carlos Sanchez was able to twice lob balls from center of the field over the head of goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman but failed to score what would've been stunning goals. The first time the ball hit the post and then bounced off the head of Guzman, and in the latter play, he missed by inches off the right post.
In the end Rayados was able to hold on for the win after a good save by Hugo Gonzalez.
This win is big for Monterrey not only because of what it means to their Liguilla chances but because it really hurts their city rivals chances to make it. Tigres now need to quickly bounce back as they have the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final in Pachuca. The 1-1 score in the first leg means they are at a disadvantage, but a win might save their season and totally changes things for their fans. Monterrey meanwhile will travel to Veracruz, where all the attention will probably be on their fans more than the game after what happened with fellow Tigres fans earlier this year.