Veracruz earned three vital points in their fight to avoid relegation with a 1-0 win against Querétaro in the opening match of the Clausura 2017. Despite hitting the woodwork twice, the Gallos Blancos were ultimately unable to find an equalizer.
The game was fairly even in the first half, with both teams looking for their rhythm. The pressure was on Veracruz as the home team and the side in more desperate need of points, but the best chance of the first half went to the visitors.
However, Emmanuel Villa was unable to take advantage of his opportunity, with a bit of poor control letting the chance go begging.
The opening goal came shortly after halftime. In the 50th minute, a Veracruz free kick ended with Leobardo López running on to a cross and sending it past Tiago Volpi to make it 1-0 for the Tiburones Rojos.
Yerson Candelo had a great opportunity to tie the game for Querétaro just six minutes later, but despite going one-on-one with Édgar Melitón Hernández, he couldn’t find the net. Then, in the 77th minute, he hit the crossbar as another chance went begging.
Veracruz could have made it all academic with a second goal in the 77th minute, when a corner kick was nearly turned into an own-goal by Jonathan Bornstein. But to the defender’s relief, the ball went wide and the score remained 1-0.
After that near-own-goal, the Gallos increased the intensity and the final ten minutes were intense ones as Querétaro looked for an equalizer. They nearly found one through Camilo Sanvezzo in the 81st minute, but once again the woodwork interfered.
With the 1-0 win, Veracruz reaches three points while Querétaro remains on zero.
Veracruz: Édgar Melitón Hernández, Antonio Briseño, Leobardo López, Jesús Paganoni, Kristian Álvarez, Ángel Reyna (Javier Orozco 84′), Egidio Arévalo, Cristian Pellerano, Martín Bravo (Daniel Villalva 61′), Eduardo Herrera, Felipe Flores (Adrián Luna 72′).
Querétaro: Tiago Volpi, Hiram Mier (Édgar Benítez 57′), Juan Forlín, Miguel Ángel Martínez, Jonathan Bornstein, Jaime Gómez (George Corral 73′), Luis Noriega, Yerson Candelo, Neri Cardozo, Emanuel Villa (Ángel Sepúlveda 77′), Camilo Sanvezzo.