Veracruz moved out of last place in the relegation standings with a 0-2 away win against Pumas UNAM, who finished the game with just nine men. The result snaps a seven-game road losing streak for the Tiburones Rojos, while the universitarios are now winless in four.
The afternoon took a turn for the worse for the hosts in the 32nd minute, when Darío Verón was given a straight red card for a foul on Adrián Luna. It didn’t take long after that for Veracruz to make their man advantage count; in the 39th minute, Leandro Velázquez gave the visitors the lead when he pounced on a rebound in the box.
The red card and the goal forced Francisco Palencia to his bench, but his substitutions didn’t do much to bring Pumas back into the game. Nicolás Castillo didn’t appear to be completely recovered from his ankle injury and was largely a non-factor until he earned his own red card in stoppage time.
Veracruz looked to protect their lead in the second half, but with Pumas pressing forward they were able to convert a counterattack to put the game definitively out of reach. Christian Pellerano made it 0-2 in the 85th minute and Veracruz now controls their own destiny in the relegation fight.
With the 0-2 win, Veracruz reaches 18 points while Pumas still have 18.
Pumas: Alfredo Saldívar, Alan Mendoza (Nicolás Castillo 45′), Gerardo Alcoba, Josécarlos van Rankin, Darío Verón, Jesús Gallardo, Javier Cortés, Alejandro Castro, Abraham González, Bryan Rabello, Matías Britos.
Veracruz: Pedro Gallese, Leobardo López, Jefferson Murillo, Miguel Herrera, Jesús Paganoni, Leandro Velázquez (Jehu Chiapas 67′), Ángel Reyna, Cristian Pellerano, Egidio Arévalo, Fredy Hinestroza (Martín Bravo 77′), Adrián Luna.