Necaxa’s two-game unbeaten streak came to an abrupt halt with their 1-4 loss to Querétaro on Saturday night. The win is a second consecutive one for the Gallos Blancos, who scored more goals tonight than in their previous six games combined.
Querétaro got the ball rolling early, with Luis Noriega giving them the 0-1 lead in just the 6th minute after some combination play with Emanuel Villa. But Necaxa looked for a response after falling into that early hole, and in the 25th minute they managed to tie the game.
The equalizer came when Luis Gallegos sent a cross into the box and Edson Puch headed it past Tiago Volpi to level the game at 1-1.
But Querétaro retook the lead moments before halftime, when Hiram Mier finished off a set piece with a header of his own to make it 1-2 in favor of the Gallos Blancos.
Necaxa started the second half determined to overturn the deficit once more, and Claudio Riaño came close in the 49th minute, only for Volpi to take a spectacular save to deny him.
While the deficit remained just one goal, the Rayos continued to press and they came close again in the 83rd minute when Maxi Barreiro hit the post.
Then, in the 86th minute, Yerson Candelo’s shot was deflected by the defense, wrong-footing Marcelo Barovero and giving Querétaro the 1-3 lead. That sealed the victory for the Gallos, but they were able to run the score up further when Gerardo Lugo scored in the 88th minute to make it 1-4.
With the 1-4 win, Querétaro reaches nine points while Necaxa still has seven.
Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero, Jairo González, Mario de Luna, Marcos González (Jonás Aguirre 66′), Severo Meza, Luis Gallegos, Manuel Iturra, Xavier Báez (Maximiliano Barreiro 59′), Edson Puch, Claudio Riaño, Jesús Isijara (Nicolás Maturana 73′).
Querétaro: Tiago Volpi, Jonathan Bornstein, Hiram Mier, Miguel Ángel Martínez, Juan Forlín, Neri Cardozo, Luis Noriega, Jaime Gómez, Édgar Benítez (Yerson Candelo 40′), Ángel Sepúlveda (Édgar Gerardo Lugo 75′), Emanuel Villa (Camilo Sanvezzo 65′).