Veracruz snapped a five-game winless streak with a 1-0 victory over Pachuca on Friday night. It’s now the Tuzos who are slumping, as they have now lost three straight road games and are winless in three overall.
The visitors had the better of play in the first half, but they were unable to capitalize on their chances while they had them. José Ramírez had the first dangerous chance of the game, but he dragged his shot wide; Jonathan Urretaviscaya then missed an opportunity of his own.
In the second half, however, Veracruz picked up the pace and began to pepper Óscar Pérez’s goal. In the 74th minute, Adrián Luna sent in a cross that Julio César Furch met with a header; “Conejo” got a hand to it but couldn’t keep it out and the Tiburones Rojos had the 1-0 lead.
Pachuca came within inches of an equalizer on more than one occasion. First, Emmanuel García hit the crossbar with a shot from distance; then, Leobardo López made a crucial tackle after Erick Gutiérrez picked up the rebound and was about to put it away.
Then, Jesús Paganoni was called on to clear the ball off the line after Omar González’s headed attempt from a corner kick nearly made it 1-1.
However, despite coming so close so many times, the Tuzos were unable to get across the threshold as they were shut out for just the second time this season.
With the 1-0 win, Veracruz reaches nine points while Pachuca remains on 13.
Veracruz: Pedro Gallese, Matías Cahais, Leobardo López, Jesús Paganoni, Hugo Cid, Alan Zamora (Agustín Vuletich 65′), Gabriel Peñalba (Édgar Andrade 79′), Luis Sánchez, Alejandro Acosta (Daniel Villalva 56′), Julio César Furch, Adrián Luna.
Pachuca: Óscar Pérez, Omar González, Raúl López, Emmanuel García, Óscar Murillo (John Stefan Medina 46′), Víctor Guzmán, Erick Gutiérrez, Jorge Hernández, José Ramírez (Franco Jara 78′), Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Wilson Morelo (Rubén Botta 56′).