Monterrey comes back to beat Necaxa and is the leader in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — With goals from Uruguayan striker Rodrigo Aguirre and Alfonso Gonzalez, Monterrey came from behind to beat Necaxa 2-1 on Friday to become provisional leader of the Mexican Apertura tournament.

Bryan Garnica put the Rayos in front at 37, but Aguirre, a former Necaxa player, tied the game at 56 minutes and “Ponchito” González turned the score around at 77.

With the result, the Rayados add 19 points and displace Toluca from the first position while waiting for the other results for the eighth date.

Only Toluca, with 17 points and a match pending this day, could unseat Monterrey from first place.

Necaxa accumulates 12 units with which it is placed in fifth position.

Garnica put the Rayos in front with a powerful mid-range shot that beat goalkeeper Luis Cárdenas’ shot.

Aguirre leveled after taking a ball inside the area and converting with a shot through the center of the goal by Luis Malagón.

González later took a ball on the outskirts of the area and fired a powerful shot that entered the left post of Malagón, who remained static.


Defender Israel Reyes scored a goal in stoppage time and Puebla reacted to draw 3-3 with Tijuana.

Edgar López scored at 36 and the Argentines Lucas Rodríguez and Lisandro López added goals at 63 and 72 for the Xolos.

The Brazilian Gustavo Ferrareis at 38 and the American Jozy Altidre at 85 discounted for Puebla. Reyes finished at 98 for the sweet potato team, which extended its streak of games without being able to win to six.

With the result, the two teams have 11 points. Puebla is placed in sixth position and Tijuana comes one place behind due to its worst goal difference.

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