Veracruz ended a two-game winless streak – and moved out of last place in the Tabla de Cociente – with a 1-0 victory against Pumas UNAM. The result extends the universitarios‘ losing streak to three games and keeps them winless on the road this season.
The Tiburones Rojos came out looking to make their home-field advantage count, while Pumas looked to impress under the interim direction of Sergio Egea. With a new formation, Pumas created a few chances, but without their leading goalscorer – Nicolás Castillo – they were unable to convert them.
Pumas had a chance through José García that Melitón Hernández sved, and then in the 37th minute Bryan Rabello came within inches of the right post with his shot from inside the box.
Veracruz came close themselves, with Daniel Villalva and Adrián Luna both seeing shots cleared off the line.
In the second half, the Tiburones were able to take the lead. Villalva, who had been the host’s primary threat, made it 1-0 with his header from within the six-yard box in the 58th minute.
Pumas had a chance or two to equalize, with Joffre Guerrón having perhaps the clearest opportunity, but Veracruz’s defense stood firm. At the other end, Alfredo Saldívar was called on several times to keep the game within one.
The likelihood of finding an equalizer diminished late on when Jesús Gallardo was sent off with a straight red card.
With the 1-0 win, Veracruz reaches 10 points while Pumas still have six.
Veracruz: Édgar Melitón Hernández, Lucas Rodríguez (José Rivas 88′), José Velázquez, Jesús Paganoni, Kristian Álvarez, Cristian Pellerano, Christian Valdez (Diego Chávez 79′), Luis Martínez, Daniel Villalva, Adrián Luna (Richard Ruíz 84′), Cristian Menéndez.
Pumas: Alfredo Saldívar, Jesús Gallardo, José García, Rodrigo González, Luis Quintana, Josécarlos van Rankin, Marcelo Díaz (Néstor Calderón 79′), David Cabrera, Abraham González, Bryan Rabello (Alejandro Zamudio 86′), Joffre Guerrón (Brian Figueroa 65′).