Veracruz couldn’t make their home-field advantage count as they fell 0-2 to Necaxa in their Apertura opener. The Tiburones Rojos were not helped by a second-half red card, but they were already trailing at that point.
The game started well for the hosts, with an early chance from Adrián Luna forcing a save out of Marcelo Barovero; Alejandro Acosta pounced on the rebound, but Igor Lichnovsky was there to clear the ball off the line in the 7th minute.
But just minutes after that, Necaxa took the lead. A mistake in the back allowed Jesús Isijara to get one-on-one with Pedro Gallese, and the winger shot past the onrushing keeper to make it 0-1 for the visitors in the 11th minute.
Then, in the 18th minute, the Rayos won the ball in midfield and Carlos González took it to the edge of the box, where he sent his powerful shot into the net to make it 0-2.
The Tiburones Rojos needed some time to adjust after falling into that hole, but they created a few chances to reduce the deficit before halftime, most notably in the 37th minute when Adrián Luna forced a save out of Barovero.
Veracruz’s hopes for a comeback took a serious blow in the second half, however, when Cristian Pellerano was sent off in the 69th minute with his second yellow card, leaving the hosts to see out the rest of the game with just 10 men.
Nevertheless, they continued to press forward and Cristian Menéndez came close to scoring with a half-volley that went just wide in the 82nd minute. But Necaxa was able to hold on to their lead and claim their first victory of the season.
With the 0-2 win, Necaxa reaches three points while Veracruz still has zero.
Veracruz: Pedro Gallese, Osmar Mares, Guido Milán, Jesús Paganoni (Édgar Andrade 75′), José Arturo Rivas, Adrián Luna, Christian Valdez, Cristian Pellerano, Rafael Acosta (Richard Ruíz 65′), Daniel Villalva (Rodrigo Hogado 65′), Cristian Menéndez.
Necaxa: Marclo Barovero, Igor Lichnovsky, Jairo González, Mario de Luna, Brayan Beckeles, Dieter Villalpando (Daniel Álvarez 67′), Luis Pérez, Xavier Báez, Luis Gallegos, Jesús Isijara (Facundo Pereyra 77′), Carlos González (Othoniel Arce 68′).