Necaxa scored late to defeat Querétaro 1-2 and earn their first victory of the Apertura 2016 season. As for Querétaro, the Gallos Blancos have now lost back-to-back games after going unbeaten through the first five weeks of the season.
The visitors came out looking to pressure the hosts, knowing that they needed to earn a win to strengthen their position in the relegation standings. Tonight’s three points weren’t enough to lift Necaxa out of last place in the Tabla de Cociente, but the result puts them on much better footing.
They suffered a setback just before the half-hour mark, however, with an injury to Xavi Baez forcing him out of the game. However, that unplanned substitution didn’t overly disrupt their game plan and Necaxa took the lead in the 35th minute through Edson Puch.
It was the third time in the last four games that Necaxa scored first, and for the third time, they were unable to hold on to the lead.
In the 76th minute Armando Zamorano scored the equalizer with his left-footed shot from outside the box, and it looked like Necaxa would have to wait at least another week for that elusive first win.
But the Rayos rallied, and in the 86th minute, Jairo González found Luis Gallegos with a long pass and Gallegos fired Necaxa back in front with his diagonal shot to make it 2-1.
Querétaro pressed for an equalizer in the final minutes, but Necaxa held on to claim all three points.
With the 1-2 win, Necaxa reaches seven points while Querétaro remains on nine.
Querétaro: Tiago Volpi, Jaime Gómez, Miguel Ángel Martínez, Juan Forlín, Jonathan Bornstein, Ángel Sepúlveda (Yerson Candelo 56′), Luis Noriega (Armando Zamorano 64′), Neri Cardozo, Édgar Benítez, Emanuel Villa, Camilo Sanvezzo (Patricio Rubio 75′).
Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero, Brayan Beckeles, Mario de Luna, Marcos González, Jairo González, Jesús Isijara, Xavier Baez (Michel García 29′), Manuel Iturra, Luis Gallegos (Jesús Gómez 87′), Edson Puch, Fabián Espíndola (Fernando Meza 57′).