The fans responded to Jémez’s hire and the promises of a better Cruz Azul by filling the stadium that was often half-empty in the Apertura season. The game started off at a high intensity, with end-to-end play and high pressure.
The hosts found the first good chance of the game in just the 6th minute, when Ángel Mena recovered a turnover and took a low shot that was well-saved by Marcelo Barovero.
Cruz Azul kept up the pressure and in the 19th minute they opened the scoring. Adrián Aldrete collected a rebound on the edge of the box and his diagonal shot found the back of the net to make it 1-0.
Necaxa pushed forward after the goal as they looked for an equalizer, and the insertions of Maximiliano Barreiros and Fabián Espíndola in the second half gave the Rayos an additional dimension up top.
However, Cruz Azul was well-organized in the back and Necaxa was unable to break through.
Instead, the hosts had a chance or two to add to their lead, most notably through Richard Ruiz in the 85th minute, although he ultimately couldn’t keep his shot on target.
With the 1-0 win, Cruz Azul reaches three points while Necaxa remains on zero.
Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Omar Mendoza, Julián Velázquez, Julio César Domínguez, Adrián Aldrete, Christian Giménez, Rafael Baca (Francisco Silva 54′), Gabriel Peñalba, Ángel Mena (Richard Ruíz 64′), Joao Rojas (Rosario Cota 88′), Jorge Benítez.
Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero, Brayan Beckeles, Marcos González, Mario de Luna, Jairo González, Jesús Isijara, Manuel Iturra, Michel García (Maximiliano Barreiro 54′), Luis Gallegos, Claudio Riaño (Fabián Espíndola 53′), Edson Puch (Alejandro Díaz 64′).