Veracruz will remain at the foot of the relegation standings after falling 0-1 to Necaxa. The result ends a two-game home winning streak for the Tiburones Rojos, while the Rayos snapped a seven-game winless streak.
With both teams involved in the relegation fight, the intensity was high from the opening whistle. However, nerves were running high as well, with neither team wanting to risk too much going forward and thus expose themselves on the counter.
It wasn’t until the second half that there began to be truly dangerous attacks. Just past the hour mark, Fabián Espíndola, who had entered the game just minutes earlier, won the ball and drove towards goal, where he was fouled in the box by Antonio Briseño.
Roberto García Orozco didn’t hesitate to point to the penalty spot, and Edson Puch stepped up to take the spot kick. He scored with a Penenka to give the Rayos the 0-1 lead in the 63rd minute.
Veracruz threw numbers forward after falling behind as they desperately searched for an equalizer, but it was not to be for the Tiburones, who have just three games left now to save themselves.
With the 0-1 win, Necaxa reaches 14 points while Veracruz remains on 15.
Veracruz: Pedro Gallese, Antonio Briseño, Jefferson Murillo, Rodrigo Noya, Jesús Paganoni, Daniel Villalva (Martín Bravo 43′), Egidio Arévalo, Leandro Velázquez (Édgar Andrade 73′), Ángel Reyna (Agustín Vuletich 71′), Cristian Pellerano, Adrián Luna.
Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero, Mario de Luna, Jairo González, Marcos González, Brayan Beckeles, Jesús Isijara (Severo Meza 82′), Manuel Iturra, Michel García, Xavier Báez (Emilio MacEachen 87′), Claudio Riaño (Fabián Espíndola 54′), Edson Puch.