Monarcas Morelia took the lead after just 26 seconds and never lost it as they beat Veracruz 1-3 on Friday night. The loss ends the Tiburones Rojos’ two-game home unbeaten streak while extending Morelia’s road unbeaten streak to four games.
The night started off perfectly for the visitors, who scored immediately. Jefferson Cuero sent in a cross and Raúl Ruidíaz outjumped his two markers to head the ball past Pedro Gallese and give Morelia the 0-1 lead just seconds into the game.
Veracruz looked to react and take control of the ball, but they were unable to trouble Carlos Felipe Rodríguez. Then, in the 27th minute, Morelia scored again, with another combination between Cuero and Ruidíaz, whose low shot ended up in the right corner to make it 0-2.
Veracruz made two halftime changes as they looked to get back into the game, and they did look better in the second half. Substitute Agustín Vuletich nearly got on the board in the 59th minute, but his shot went just wide.
But Veracruz’s persistence paid off in the 72nd minute, when Adrián Luna sent in a cross and Julio César Furch headed it home to reduce the deficit to 1-2. The Tiburones Rojos were just inches away from equalizing with another header moments later, but they could not find that second goal.
Then, in the 87th minute, Morelia put the game away when Juan Pablo Rodríguez made it 1-3.
With the 1-3 win, Morelia reaches 15 points while Veracruz remains on nine.
Veracruz: Pedro Gallese, Jesús Paganoni, Leobardo López, Matías Cahais, Hugo Cid (Agustín Vuletich 46′), Adrián Luna, Alan Zamora (Alejandro Acosta 61′), Gabriel Peñalba, Luis Sánchez (Juan Ángel Albín 46′), Julio César Furch, Daniel Villalva.
Morelia: Carlos Felipe Rodríguez, Enrique Pérez, Emanuel Loeschbor, Facundo Erpen, Carlos Morales, David Cabrera, Juan Pablo Rodríguez, Cristian Penilla, Diego Valdés (Hugo Rodríguez 78′), Jefferson Cuero (Jorge Zárate 75′), Raúl Ruidíaz (Luis Gabriel Rey 74′).