Veracruz snapped an eight-game losing streak with an upset 2-1 victory of league-leading Tijuana. The loss, a second consecutive one for the Xolos, leaves them vulnerable to dropping out of first place and they could now finish the season as low as third.
The Tiburones Rojos, who came into this game sitting 17th in the league table and 18th in the relegation standings, took a shock lead in just the 6th minute of the match. Julio César Furch got free on the left and sent in a low cross, which Agustín Vuletich finished off to make it 1-0 early on.
Tijuana reacted well to falling behind, though, and the visitors soon took control of the game. In the 35th minute, they found the equalizer as Avilés Hurtado played in Dayro Moreno. The league-leading goalscorer added to his tally to make it 1-1 going into halftime.
Veracruz made two halftime changes and the second half featured a number of chances at both ends. However, the score remained stubbornly deadlocked right up until the 86th minute.
With time winding down, the Tiburones earned a corner kick. Rodrigo Noya nodded the ball on and the unfortunate Michael Orozco turned the ball into his own net to restore Veracruz’s lead.
The victory lifts Veracruz out of last place in the relegation standings – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – while Tijuana will enter the playoffs coming off back-to-back losses.
With the 2-1 win, Veracruz reaches 12 points while Tijuana remains on 33.
Veracruz: Pedro Gallese, Lucas Rodríguez, Horacio Cervantes (Rodrigo Noya 46′), Leobardo López, Hugo Cid, Jesús Paganoni, Gabriel Peñalba, Daniel Villalva (Édgar Andrade 69′), Adrián Luna, Julio César Furch, Agustín Vuletich (Juan Pérez 46′).
Tijuana: Federico Vilar, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Damián Pérez (Henry Martín 89′), Michael Orozco, Víctor Aguilera, Guido Rodríguez, Avilés Hurtado, Kevin Gutiérrez (Víctor Malcorra 39′), Milton Caraglio, Gabriel Hauche (Juan Carlos Núñez 77′), Dayro Moreno.