Monarcas Morelia took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Veracruz came back for a 2-1 win. The result gives José Saturnino Cardozo a winning start to his tenure as coach of the Tiburones Rojos, while Morelia saw their four-game unbeaten streak halted.
The visitors pressed forward from the opening whistle, and in the 10th minute they earned a penalty kick after Raúl Ruidíaz was fouled in the box. Ruidíaz himself stepped up to take the spot kick and he converted it to give the michoacanos the early 0-1 lead.
Veracruz tried to respond but they were largely disjointed in the attacking third. Morelia dominated the half, but were unable to add to their lead, with Melitón Hernández making an important intervention against Rodolfo Vilchis.
In the second half, Veracruz regrouped and used set pieces to their advantage to turn the game around. In the 59th minute, Kristian Álvarez nodded on a corner kick and Adrián Luna finished it off at the far post to make it 1-1.
Then the night took another turn for the worse from Morelia’s perspective when Gabriel Achillier was sent off with his second yellow card of the night in the 72nd minute.
It took just three minutes of playing with an extra man before the Tiburones took the lead. In the 75th minute, José Rivas met a corner kick and Martín Bravo applied the final touch to beat Sebastián Sosa and make it 2-1.
With the 2-1 win, Veracruz reaches 13 points while Morelia still has 13.
Veracruz: Édgar Melitón Hernández, Kristian Álvarez, José Rivas, Jesús Paganoni, Lucas Rodríguez, Daniel Villalva (Rafael Acosta 84′), Luis Martínez (Christian Valdez 89′), Adrián Luna, Édgar Andrade, Leandro Díaz, Martín Bravo (Rodrigo Holgado 89′).
Morelia: Sebastián Sosa, Gabriel Achilier, Carlos Rodríguez, Sebastián Vegas, Carlos Guzmán, Rodolfo Vilchis (Ángel Sepúlveda 60′), Diego Valdés, Rodrigo Millar (Enrique Pérez 74′), Gastón Lezcano (Jorge Zárate 81′), Mario Osuna, Raúl Ruidíaz.