Monterrey came out looking for their first win of the season and it took them less than 30 seconds to take the lead. Just 27 seconds after kickoff, Dorlan Pabón put his right-footed shot into the net to make it 1-0 for the Rayados.
Veracruz struggled to react after falling into such an early hole, and Monterrey controlled possession while looking to add to their lead. The game appeared to have taken a complicated turn for the hosts shortly before halftime, though, when José María Basanta was given a straight red card for a foul on Adrián Luna.
But the Tiburones Rojos weren’t able to take advantage of their extra man; although they started the second half well as they pressed for an equalizer, the final touch was lacking and they did little to trouble Hugo González’s goal.
Despite playing with 10 men, the majority of the chances continued to go Monterrey’s way. However, a combination of wasted opportunities and a few good saves by Pedro Gallese kept the Rayados from finding an insurance goal and drew the ire of the crowd, who booed Rogelio Funes Mori – who had assisted Pabón’s early goal – when he was subbed out.
With the 1-0 win, Monterrey reaches four points while Veracruz still has zero.
Monterrey: Hugo González, Nicolás Sánchez, John Stefan Medina, Luis Fernando Fuentes, José María Basanta, Jonathan González (Efraín Juárez 42′), Celso Ortiz, Carlos Sánchez, Rogelio Funes Mori (Jorge Benítez 77′), Avilés Hurtado, Dorlan Pabón (Arturo González 76′).
Veracruz: Pedro Gallese, Hugo Cid, Guido Milán, Osmar Mares, Richard Ruíz, Daniel Villalva (Leandro Velázquez 64′), Rafael Acosta (Diego Chávez 80′), Luis Martínez, Adrián Luna, Édgar Andrade (Rodrigo Holgado 75′), Cristian Menéndez.