Rayados see their dominant start to the Clausura stifled as Club Leon fight back from 2 goals down to achieve yet another 2-2 draw
After a strong performance against Pachuca in Matchday 1 of the new season, many expected Monterrey to continue their good form against Club Leon. However Leon are fast becoming a team you underestimate at your peril after they secured a surprising 2-2 draw with the visiting Tigres in their first game. Still, many expected Monterrey to get the win.
The game started in typically strong fashion for Monterrey, spending an inordinate amount of time in Leon’s half of the pitch. The Rayados went up 2-0 midway through the second half after defender Nicolas Sanchez scored from the penalty spot (a call made by the video assistant replay official) and once from open play. Things looked rather comfortable until the final 20 minutes when the Esmeraldas began to venture forward.
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Club Leon began an epic comeback that started with a Vinicius Angulo score in the 74th minute. This set up a very nervy finish for Monterrey. Leon’s comeback was assured when Andres Mosquera scored in the 94th minute to win his team a much valued point.
Although admittedly only the second game of the new season, from Monterrey’s perspective this will be seen as a bitter disappointment – especially as it came at home – as they would have wished to have continued their winning run and to cement their status as true title contenders.
Club Leon will be extremely happy with their start. They’ve gotten two impressive draws against Monterrey and Liga MX heavyweights Tigres. It may be that these games are a sign that Club Leon are going to be a tough team to play against this season and they will hope that their good fortune continues further into the season.