The game started off at a high tempo, with Veracruz looking to build on last week’s win to strengthen their position in the Tabla de Cociente, while Santos was looking for their first victory in front of their home fans.
The match started just as well as Santos could have hoped, with the Laguneros opening the scoring in just the third minute. Djaniny got free on the right and sent in a cross for Jonathan Rodríguez, who headed the hosts in front.
But Veracruz soon rallied and began to threaten an equalizer. In the 14th minute, Ángel Reyna came as close as the woodwork, with his attempt hitting the post and rebounding away.
Just two minutes after that, the Tiburones Rojos found the breakthrough. Reyna played in Felipe Flores, who cut the ball back for Eduardo Herrera; “Lalo” finished it off to tie the game 1-1.
In the second half, Santos looked to retake the lead, and they created a number of good chances to do so. First, Daniel Armenteros tried his luck with a powerful shot from distance, but Melitón Hernández was there to make the save. Then, the goalkeeper was once again active to deny a header from Julio César Furch and then to stop the rebound attempt from Jonathan Rodríguez.
But the pressure paid off in the 76th minute, when Rodríguez brought down a cross from Osvaldo Martínez and scored his second goal of the night with a scissor kick to make it 2-1 for the hosts.
Veracruz was unable to find a second equalizer and a stoppage-time red card to Cristian Pellerano capped off a disappointing night for the Tiburones.
With the 2-1 win, Santos reaches four points while Veracruz remains on three.
Santos: Jonathan Orozco, Jorge Sánchez, Néstor Araujo, Carlos Izquierdoz, Gerardo Arteaga, Ulises Rivas, Osvaldo Martínez (Diego de Buen 83′), Walter Sandoval (Ulises Dávila 75′), Jonathan Rodríguez, Julio César Furch, Djaniny Tavares (Emiliano Armenteros 64′).
Veracruz: Édgar Melitón Hernández, Jesús Paganoni, Leobardo López, Kristian Álvarez, Antonio Briseño, Martín Bravo (Daniel Villalva 63′), Egidio Arévalo (Javier Orozco 84′), Cristian Pellerano, Ángel Reyna, Eduardo Herrera, Felipe Flores (Leondro Velázquez 68′).