In a highly contentious game which included a red card and a second half fightback, Monterrey secured its second win in three Clausura games.
After a disappointing draw against Club Leon, Monterrey needed to bounce back and secure another win in their attempt at fighting for the title. With a loaded roster (featuring several prominent Mexican youngsters such as Jonathan Gonzalez), many pundits see this Rayados side as a sure bet to reach the playoffs and challenge for the title. Anything less would be a failure.
Things did not get off to a good start against Queretaro however, as the home side ended the first half a goal up thanks to a Camilo Sanvezzo header in the 30th minute. Rayados fans would quite rightly have felt at this point that they were going to suffer another disappointing result away from home.
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However the halftime talk delivered by Rayados coach Diego Alonso seemed to pay off as Monterrey came out of the break visibly uplifted, quickly fighting back to level terms thanks to Jesus Gallardo in the 55th minute.
Even after Monterrey left back Leonel Vangioni was sent off just 4 minutes later, Monterrey continued to be the more dominant side throughout the 2nd half. It was obvious that their superior squad level began to tell.
Still, it took a golazo from new signing Maxi Meza to break the deadlock in the 91st minute, securing the victory for Monterrey.
The Argentine, 27, newcomer let fly from just outside the box to the right of goal and his shot rocketed into the net just inside the near post. There could hardly be a better way to notch a debut goal for your new team than getting a game-winner as time is running out.
Meza, having gloriously announced himself to the league – and Rayados fans – may be in for a decent season with his new club. Things look to be improving for Monterrey and this victory will surely help put the team back into a winning mentality.