Veracruz earned a huge three points in their relegation fight with a 1-0 victory over Monterrey. The win, a second consecutive one for the Tiburones Rojos, could see them safe by the end of the weekend, depending on Morelia and Jaguares’ results. As for the Rayados, the loss brings their four-game unbeaten streak to a halt.
The visitors had the first chance of the game, when Aldo de Nigris met a cross from the left, but he sent his attempt just over the crossbar. It would be the hosts who opened the scoring, and they did so early on.
In the 14th minute, Adrián Luna sent a free kick from distance on goal. Hugo González made the initial save but gave up a rebound, which Ángel Reyna headed back across goal for Egidio Arévalo to stab home at the far post. 1-0 for Veracruz.
The Tiburones Rojos used that goal to generate momentum, and they continued to press forward as they looked to put the game out of reach, but the final touch was lacking.
Monterrey made a halftime substitution as they looked to get back into the game, and Edwin Cardona gave the Rayados a different dimension up top, although to no avail.
In the waning moments of the game, Monterrey’s frustration boiled over and Iván Piris earned a second yellow card and an ejection in the 92nd minute, which will see him sit out the Rayados’ final regular-season game.
With the 1-0 win, Veracruz reaches 21 points while Monterrey still has 27.
Veracruz: Pedro Gallese, Jesús Paganoni, Jefferson Murillo, Miguel Herrera, Leobardo López, Egidio Arévalo, Leandro Velázquez (Juan Ángel Albín 56′), Fredy Hinestroza (Kristian Álvarez 78′), Cristian Pellerano, Ángel Reyna (Jehu Chiapas 73′), Adrián Luna.
Monterrey: Hugo González, Luis Fernando Fuentes (Walter Ayoví 85′), José María Basanta, Iván Piris, César Montes, Celso Ortiz, Carlos Sánchez, Arturo González (Jonathan Cristaldo 69′), Jesús Molina (Edwin Cardona 45′), Aldo de Nigris, Yimmi Chara.