Rayados get leg up in Clásico Regio semifinal

Dorlan Pabón’s chipped goal before the quarter-hour turned out to be the winner for host Monterrey and the Rayados will take a 1-0 lead into the second leg of the Liga MX semifinals .

Only 90 seconds after kickoff, Tigres defender Carlos Salcedo misjudged a long ball and headed it back toward his goal and right into the path of Monterrey striker Rogelio Funes Mori.

Perhaps thinking he was offside (or perhaps an intentional feint), Funes Mori gave a head fake but let the pass go by and Guzmán was fooled, with the ball bounding into the back of the net.

The Rayados wasted a few more scoring opportunities in the first half and that could come back to haunt them if the Tigres play better in front of their home crowd on Saturday night.

Tigres coach Tuca Ferretti spent an inordinate amount of time on the touch line screaming at his players, few of whom enjoyed a good match.

Rayados midfielders Carlos Rodríguez and Celso Ortiz worked well in front of the central defense, cutting off passing lanes toward Gignac.

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