Chivas started the game off strongly and nearly opened the scoring just a minute in, when Alan Pulido found Ángel Zaldívar, but Pedro Gallese was able to react and save Zaldívar’s attempt on the line.
The hosts continued to dominate possession and chances, but they were unable to reflect that dominance on the scoreboard. Veracruz began to react towards the end of the first half, and they nearly got the gift of an own-goal when Orbelín Pineda deflected a cross.
The breakthrough finally came in the second half. In the 56th minute, Pulido took the ball in midfield, got around various defenders, drove into the box, and sent his low shot into the net to make it 1-0 for Chivas.
Veracruz floundered after falling behind and the Tiburones Rojos did little to trouble Rodolfo Cota’s goal after that while Chivas looked for a second goal to put the game out of reach.
In the 88th minute, they got it. Ángel Zaldívar scored with a powerful header to make it 2-0 and ensure Guadalajara’s victory.
With the 2-0 win, Chivas reaches 20 points while Veracruz still has nine.
Chivas: Rodolfo Cota, Oswaldo Alanís, Carlos Salcido, Edwin Hernández, Jesús Sánchez, Orbelín Pineda, José Juan Vázquez, Javier López (Carlos Fierro 70′), Rodolfo Pizarro (Miguel Ponce 89′), Ángel Zaldívar, Alan Pulido (Michael Pérez 85′).
Veracruz: Pedro Gallese, Marcelo Alatorre, Leobardo López, Kristian Álvarez (Miguel Herrera 67′), Miguel Cancela, Cristian Pellerano, Egidio Arévalo, Freddy Hinestroza, Ángel Reyna (Leandro Velázquez 74′), Martín Bravo (Adrián Luna 64′), Eduardo Herrera.