Neither Necaxa nor Cruz Azul could find the breakthrough in their Apertura 2016 opener, with the Rayos and La Máquina settling for a 0-0 draw. Necaxa would have liked a win in front of their home fans on their return to the first division, but Cruz Azul was determined to spoil the party.
The visitors had more of the ball in the opening half, although they struggled in the final third. Joffre Guerrón in particular had several chances, but they were wayward.
It took Necaxa a little while to get into the game, but bit by bit they began to find some chances of their own. However, Jesús Corona was there to maintain the shutout.
In the second half, the game bogged down in midfield and both coaches turned to their benches as they looked to open up the game. One of those substitutes, Edson Puch, had a great opportunity to open the scoring in the 76th minute, but his shot was high.
There were few other chances of note in the final fifteen minutes, and in the end the game in the Estadio Victoria finished goalless.
With the 0-0 draw, Necaxa and Cruz Azul both reach one point.
Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero, Severo Meza, Mario de Lunca, Marcos González, Erik Vera, Xavier Báez, Michel García (Jesús Gómez 74′), Jesús Isijara (Edson Puch 69′), Alejandro Díaz, Claudio Riaño (Diego Riolfo 66′), Luis Gallegos.
Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Omar Mendoza, Julio Domínguez, Víctor Zúñiga, Adrián Aldrete, Víctor Vázquez, Francisco Silva (Enzo Roco 22′), Rafael Baca, Aldo Ramírez, Joffre Guerrón (Jonathan Cristalgo 76′), Ariel Rojas (Christian Giménez 81′).