Veracruz earned their first win of the season with a 0-1 away victory against relegation rivals Querétaro. The result keeps the Gallos Blancos winless at home in the Clausura 2018, while the Tiburones Rojos are now unbeaten in two.
The visitors had the first good chance of the game in the 11th minute, when Diego Chávez put his header on target, but Tiago Volpi was there to make the save. The Tiburones Rojos had the better of the run of play, and they took the lead in the 27th minute.
Carlos Esquivel found Daniel Villalva in the box before he back-heeled the ball back to Esquivel, whose first-time shot beat Volpi to make it 0-1.
Querétaro looked for a response and Camilo Sanvezzo tested Pedro Gallese a minute later, but the keeper was able to make the save.
Veracruz then had a chance to add to their lead in the 33rd minute when Villalva went one-on-one with Volpi, but he couldn’t convert the opportunity. The last chance of the half went Querétaro’s way, with Armando Camorano nearly tying it up, only for Gallese to once again intervene.
In the second half, there was controversy in the 67th minute when Christian Ramos appeared to block a shot in the box with his arm. Referee Fernando Guerrero waved play on, however, despite Querétaro’s protests.
Veracruz finished the game with just 10 men after Osmar Mares was sent off in stoppage time, but they were nevertheless able to hold on to their lead and breath some life back into their quest to avoid relegation.
With the 0-1 win, Veracruz reaches five points while Querétaro still has five.
Querétaro: Tiago Volpi, George Corral, Miguel Ángel Martínez (Yerson Candelo 46′), Diego Novaretti, Hiram Mier, Jaime Gómez, Javier Güemez, Armando Zamorano (Matías Britos 46′), Erbín Trejo (Luis Noriega 68′), Camilo Sanvezzo, Edson Puch.
Veracruz: Pedro Gallese, Christian Ramos, Osmar Mares, Richard Ruiz, José Arturo Rivas, Adrián Luna (Hugo Cid 92′), Diego Chávez, Wilder Cartagena, Alan Santos, Miguel Murillo (Carlos Esquivel 16′), Daniel Villalva (Jefferson Murillo 82′).