Pachuca dominated the game in the first half, with the lion’s share of possession and chances. Their first opportunity came in just the 3rd minute, when Víctor Guzmán tried his luck with a low shot from distance that ended up hitting the post.
The Tuzos were stopped by the woodwork twice more in the first half: first in the 42nd minute, when Cristian Pellerano nearly deflected the ball into his own net only for the ball to hit the crossbar; then, just before halftime, Franco Jara headed a corner kick into the crossbar as the woodwork kept the game goalless for the third time.
In the second half, Pachuca continued to look the better side – they out-shot Veracruz 17-4 over the ninety minutes – but they still could not find the breakthrough. When the woodwork wasn’t stopping them, Melitón Hernández was, with the keeper making two or three very good saves.
But the Tuzos’ persistence finally paid off in the 92nd minute. Halfway through stoppage time, Franco Jara pounced on an error by Melitón and sent the ball into an empty net to give Pachuca the 1-0 lead.
With the 1-0 win, Pachuca reaches 14 points while Veracruz still has nine.
Pachuca: Óscar Pérez, Raúl López, Omar González (Braian Rodríguez 84′), John Stefan Medina, Emmanuel García, Jorge Hernández (Francisco Figueroa 73′), Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Víctor Guzmán, Erick Aguirre (Erick Guitérrez 55′), Hirving Lozano, Franco Jara.
Veracruz: Édgar Melitón Hernández, Jesús Paganoni, Leobardo López, Kristian Álvarez, Antonio Briseño, Cristian Pellerano, Egidio Arévalo, Daniel Villalva (Ángel Reyna 13′), Leandro Velázquez (Rodrigo Noya 76′), Freddy Hinestroza, Eduardo Herrera (Luis Martínez 87′).