Despite missing a penalty kick and finishing the game with 10 men, Cruz Azul was still able to end their seven-game winless streak with a 2-0 victory over Jaguares de Chiapas. The result extends Jaguares’ road losing streak to three games.
The excitement was all packed into the second half in this one, starting when Moisés Muñoz was called for a foul on Ángel Mena in the 59th minute. Gabriel Peñalba took the ensuing penalty kick, but Muñoz made the save to keep the game 0-0.
Jaguares tried to build on the momentum swing caused by that missed opportunity, with Luis Leal going one-on-one with Jesús Corona minutes later. However, the keeper made the save.
After that, Cruz Azul seized the lead. Ángel Mena sent his shot into the upper right-hand corner to put La Máquina ahead 1-0 in the 65th minute.
Just a minute later, it was 2-0. Joao Rojas sent the ball into the box and what looked like a cross ended up nestling into the back of the net.
Rojas was then sent off in the 84th minute after a foul on Leal, and Jaguares threw numbers forward as they looked to make their extra man count. But they couldn’t get past a defensive wall or Jesús Corona, and Cruz Azul held on for their first win since January.
With the 2-0 win, Cruz Azul reaches nine points while Jaguares still have 12.
Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Julián Velázquez, Omar Mendoza, Julio César Domínguez, Ángel Mena (Rafael Baca 79′), Adrián Aldrete, Gabriel Peñalba, Francisco Silva (Christian Giménez 56′), Martín Rodríguez (Richard Ruíz 74′), Joao Rojas, Martín Cauteruccio.
Jaguares: Moisés Muñoz, Luis Mendoza (Vanderley Dias 62′), Edwin Sánchez (Marcelo Estigarribia 71′), Aquivaldo Mosquera, Félix Araujo, Brayan Angulo, Lucas Silva, Dieter Villalpando, Mateus Goncalves, Luis Leal, Franco Arizala (Félix Micolta 53′).