A penalty kick gave Monarcas Morelia a 1-0 victory against Veracruz in this game with huge relegation implications. The result ends a two-game winless streak for Morelia while extending the Tiburones Rojos’ losing streak to four games. More importantly, it allowed Morelia to leapfrog Veracruz in the relegation standings.
Morelia looked to make their home field advantage count in order to move off the foot of the Tabla de Cociente, and the hosts had the best chance of the first half. In the 35th minute, Veracruz struggled to clear their lines and Sebastián Vegas pounced on a rebound, only for Pedro Gallese to make a great save to keep the game goalless.
In the second half, the game turned into a more end-to-end affair as both teams pressed for the so-important victory. The breakthrough came in the 69th minute, when Kristian Álvarez was called for a foul on Emmanuel Loeschbor in the box.
Raúl Ruidíaz stepped up to take the ensuing penalty kick, and he converted it to give Morelia the 1-0 lead.
After falling behind, Veracruz threw numbers forward as they frantically looked for a tying goal. However, it was still Morelia who had the better of the chances. Nevertheless, they couldn’t find a second goal – despite coming as close as hitting the crossbar – and then the Tiburones nearly snatched a goal in stoppage time, only for Carlos Felipe Rodríguez to intervene.
With the 1-0 win, Morelia reaches 12 points while Veracruz still has nine.
Morelia: Carlos Felipe Rodríguez, Enrique Pérez, Emanuel Loeschbor, Gabrier Achilier, Sebastián Vegas, Andy Polo (Gastón Lezcano 73′), Rodrigo Millar, Diego Valdés, Aldo Rocha, Jefferson Cuero (Jorge Zárate 83′), Raúl Ruidíaz (Mario Osuna 89′).
Veracruz: Pedro Gallese, Marcelo Alatorre, Leobardo López (Miguel Herrera 78′), Kristian Álvarez, Antonio Briseño, Javier Orozco (Felipe Flores 64′), Cristian Pellerano, Ángel Reyna, Egidio Arévalo, Freddy Hinestroza, Eduardo Herrera (Leandro Velázquez 54′).