Clausura 2017 Round 3 Results: Cruz Azul 2, Monterrey 2

Soccer, like all other sports, is cruel sometimes. It’s easy to think of many similar quotes to describe the back-and-forth affair between Cruz Azul & Monterrey, especially when you look beyond what the scoresheet says was the final result, a 2-2 tie. The scoring started in the 20th minute, as Dorlan Pabon converted on a PENAL for Monterrey, then it became 2-0 on Carlos Sanchez’s 39th-minute goal. In the second half, Cruz Azul got a PENAL chance of their own early on, and Angel Mena converted to cut the gap to 2-1, then they got help when Monterrey’s Walter Ayovi inexplicably seemed to kick a Cruz Azul player in the midsection with a fully extended leg in the 57th minute…Rojas! HE GONE! Monterrey was now a man down trying to hold on to their lead. Then in second half stoppage time, disaster struck-on a Cruz Azul shot on goal the ball hit the top crossbar, then in the commotion in front of the net the ball somehow bounced off Monterrey’s Nicolas Sanchez and into the net…OWN GOAL! And just like that, what should’ve been 3 points for a Rayados win turned into an extremely infuriating tie, and some of the players let the referee know of their feelings after the final whistle. The tie means Cruz Azul still hasn’t beaten Monterrey at home this decade.

Game Stats:
Goals-Dorlan Pabon (Monterrey, 20′, 2nd of tournament, Penalty Kick), Carlos Sanchez (Monterrey, 39′, 1st of tournament), Angel Mena (Cruz Azul, 53′, 1st of tournament, Penalty Kick), Nicolas Sanchez (Monterrey, 90+2′, OWN GOAL)
Shots on Goal-Monterrey 3, Cruz Azul 2
Corner kicks-Cruz Azul 6, Monterrey 2
Amarillas-Cruz Azul 2 (Angel Mena, 56′, Jose Corona, 90+4′), Monterrey 2 (Ivan Piris, 89′, Cesar Montes, 90+1′)
Rojas-Monterrey 1 (Walter Ayovi, 57′)

Venue: Estadio Azul, Benito Juares, Distrito Federal
Attendance: 26,588 (80.5% capacity)

Next up:
Cruz Azul-at Tijuana (1/27)
Monterrey-Leon (1/28)