Los Rayados started their Copa MX campaign tonight against Club Puebla, and they featured a fairly strong lineup, considering that it was a Copa MX match, which is typically seen as not very important in Mexico.
Dorlan Pabon started, as well as Nicolas Sanchez, Jesus Gallardo, and Jesus Molina, all players that would usually expect to be in the starting XI for Liga MX matches.
The first real chance in the match came in the 11th minute when the Puebla keeper misplayed a pass right to Alfonso Gonzalez, and Puebla were lucky that his quickly taken shot was contested, as Gonzalez was right outside of the Puebla penalty box with an open goal in front of him.
The first goal was scored by Madrigal in the 19th minute as Nicolas Sanchez drove into the Puebla box. Sanchez’s shot was blocked, but the Puebla defenders couldn’t deal with it at all and Guillermo Madrigal beat two defenders to get a shot away that left the keeper with no chance.
Monterrey got a second goal less than a minute later, after the Puebla keeper faced a little pressure and attempted to pass the ball to one of his central defenders across the face of goal. His pass was slow and ill-placed, and instead of going towards the ball, the defender stayed put, allowing Daniel Lajud of Monterrey to race up and beat the defender to the ball. Lajud made no mistake with a wide open goal in front of him, shooting with his first touch on the ball and scoring a memorable goal.
Puebla keeper Juan Pablo Carrizo almost had a goalkeeping howler of his own in the 40th minute, as he went to pass the ball out to a Monterrey defender, he passed it right to an on-rushing Puebla player, only for the ball to bounce off the Puebla attacker and right back to Carrizo, who was then able to clear the ball.
That was the closest that Puebla would come to scoring in the first half, as Monterrey’s solid defense shut down the Puebla attack.
Puebla would come close to scoring in the second half in the 58th minute, as Zamora’s headed attempt force Carrizo into an excellent save, but nothing came from the resulting corner kick.
And yes, in the 62nd minute, up 2-0 on Puebla in the Copa MX, Diego Alonso sent on Rayados’ two best strikers, Aviles Hurtado and Rogelio Funes Mori. It seems that Alonso either wanted to give them some match time to increase fitness, or he wanted to make absolutely sure that he won his first match in charge of Monterrey at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer.
Jonathan Gonzalez came on for Alfonso Gonzalez in the 73rd minute as Rayados again put another one of their better players on the pitch to see out the win.
Rogelio Funes Mori missed a chance in the 83rd minute that he will absolutely be kicking himself over in the morning. Pabon stole the ball from a Puebla defender and got free down the right hand side of the box, put a cross into the box on the ground that went straight to Funes Mori, only for the Argentine to put the ball over the net in an atypical finish.
Puebla would get one back in the 83rd minute after a good cross in the Monterrey box wasn’t dealt with properly and two Monterrey defenders failed to pick up Peter da Rosa, who slotted the ball home.
Funes Mori went close again from a Pabon cross, only this time he took his time instead of shooting it with his first touch. Unfortunately, he took too much time, which allowed a Puebla defender to get back and stop the shot from getting through.
Monterrey had a free kick late in a dangerous position, but they settled the match down enough to see the match out. Puebla made it interesting in the end, but Monterrey still had enough quality to easily win the match 2-1.