An imposing 2-0 win by
Toluca send Jose Cardozo’s men to the top of the table once more by defeating a
rather passive Monterrey team that lost their first game of the season.
Things got off to a
hot start for the home side as captain Paulo Da Silva opened
the scoring from a corner-kick two minutes into the game after the Paraguayan
international headed in from point blank range fellow center back Aaron Galindo’s
headed pass back into the penalty area for the one nil lead.
Caught sleeping from
the get go, Monterrey would end up winning possession of the ball after dealing
with Toluca’s initial barrage of attacks. However, the away side was unable to muster
up any type of offensive threat going forward against a well organized Toluca
defense that slowly started to regain possession.
Rayados” attempts to keep the ball away from Toluca, the home team would
continue to generate danger on Monterrey’s side of the field with counter
attacks, orchestrated by the creative mind of Antonio Naelson"Sinha" who sprayed precise passes
for wingers Edgar Benitez and Isaac Brizuela. A brilliant slide by Monterrey's Argentine captain Jose Basanta and an alert save by goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco
maintained the score to a one goal difference as both teams saw the end of the
Monterrey would make
their second substitute of the game with the introduction of midfielder Cesar “Chelito”
Delgado to start of the second half as the away side continued to look for the
equalizer. However it was Toluca who continued to generate the game’s best
Toluca came close to doubling
their lead when promising Mexican international Isaac Brizuela struck a thunderous attempt from outside the box that hit the inside of the crossbar as Orzoco helplessly
watched while attempting to save the blistering shot, that luckily for him,
bounced away from the line.
Monterrey would finally get their first shot on goal in the 67th minute as Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva’s strike was saved by an attentive goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera, who produced perhaps his first real intervention of the match. “Los Diablos” quickly responded with the debuting Uruguayan striker Juan Manuel Salgueiro who forced an equally impressive save by Orozco who continued to maintain Monterrey with a chance of tying the game.
However, Toluca would end up sealing the game in the 80th minute after a cross from Brizuela was found by Manuel Salgueiro who’s precise strike to the goalkeepers post rewarded the Uruguayan to score a well deserved goal on his debut, having tormented Monterrey’s defense since his introduction.
Toluca would have yet another chance after Brizuela was once again able to shake of his defender and make a run inside the penalty box, but another marvelous one handed reaction from Orozco prevented “El Conejito” from earning his goal in a standout performance.
With the ref’s final whistle, Toluca were once again at the top of the table, tied with Cruz Azul with 10 points each; although that final save from Orozco meant Cruz Azul maintained the overall top spot due to a better goal difference. Toluca will attempt to continue their impressive run when they visit an underachieving Santos Laguna in Week 5.
As for Monterrey, “los Rayados” lost their unbeaten streak and remain in eight place with five points, although a win by Atlante later today could drop them down to the ninth spot. Monterrey will host “El Clasico Norteño” at home in Week 5 when they receive an atrocious Tigres team that ends the week at the bottom of the table.