A flurry of late goals gave León a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Veracruz, and moved La Fiera off the foot of the table for the first time since they dropped into 18th in week seven. The loss continued Veracruz’s road woes, as the Tiburones Rojos have lost all seven of their away games this season, scoring just one goal in the process.
León controlled the game throughout, although it took them quite a while to find the breakthrough. In the first half, Mauro Boselli hit the post and Pedro Gallese was in fine form in goal to keep the hosts off the board.
Veracruz needed to get something out of this game to move them out of last place in the relegation standings, but León’s defense kept the desperate Tiburones from getting a goal.
Meanwhile, Gallese was still an important factor at the other end of the field, but León’s persistence paid off in the 72nd minute, when Carlos Guzmán sent a cross into the box and Boselli finished it off to make it 1-0.
That goal was not without controversy, however, as it appeared that the ball may have gone out of play before Guzmán put his cross in.
The matter soon became academic, as ten minutes after that, Elías Hernández added an insurance goal with an assist from Andrés Andrade; then, in stoppage time, he scored again to make it 3-0.
There was still more suffering to come for Veracruz; in the 94th minute, Germán Cano put an exclamation mark on the win as he made it 4-0.
With the 4-0 win, León reaches 12 points while Veracruz still has 12.
León: William Yarbrough, Carlos Guzmán, Osvaldo Rodríguez, Guillermo Burdisso, Juan González, Elías Hernández, Andrés Andrade, Christian Valdez (Alexander Mejía 70′), Luis Montes, Carlos Peña (Germán Cano 63′), Mauro Boselli (Fernando Navarro 80′).
Veracruz: Pedro Gallese, Lucas Rodríguez, Leobardo López, Rodrigo Noya, Antonio Briseño, Cristian Pellerano, Egidio Arévalo, Jehu Chiapas (Fredy Hinestroza 80′), Adrián Luna, Eduardo Herrera (Édgar Andrade 74′), Daniel Villalva (Agustín Vuletich 74′).