Necaxa vs Veracruz – Jornada 1 Recap and Highlights

Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Necaxa and Veracruz played out a 0-0 draw in their Clausura 2018 season opener.

With Veracruz starting the season in last place in the relegation standings – and with a fairly significant gap between themselves and the penultimate Querétaro – the visitors were determined to leave the Estadio Víctoria with something to show for the trip.

The Tiburones Rojos sat back defensively as both teams felt each other out. Necaxa’s first clear chance came in the 28th minute through Martín Barragán, but Pedro Gallese was alert to make the save.

Veracruz then looked to respond in the 34th minute through Martín Bravo, whose shot from the edge of the box went just over the crossbar.

In the second half, the Rayos looked to make their home field advantage count, but they were lacking creativity up top and most of their chances were more like half-chances.

Although Veracruz picked up a valuable point in their bid to avoid relegation, it wasn’t all good news for the Tiburones: Cristian Menéndez had to leave the game injured in the 77th minute.

With the 0-0 draw, Necaxa and Veracruz both reach one point.

Highlights

Lineups

Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero, Brayan Beckeles, Igor Lichnovsky, Miguel Ángel Ponce, Mario de Luna, Luis Pérez, Daniel Álvarez, Xavier Báez (Dieter Villalpando 60′), Luis Gallegos (Matías Fernández 45′), Martín Barragán (Roberto Alvarado 74′), Carlos González.

Veracruz: Pedro Gallese, Guido Milán, Osmar Mares, José Rivas, Jesús Paganoni, Luis Martínez, Manuel Viniegra, Carlos Esquivel (Jefferson Murillo 86′), Martín Bravo (Adrián Luna 67′), Daniel Villalva, Cristian Menéndez (Omar Marrufo 77′).

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