Veracruz took the lead but couldn’t hold it as América scored a stoppage-time goal to tie the game 1-1. The result keeps the Tiburones Rojos winless at home this season but unbeaten in two overall, while América remain unbeaten this season and at the top of the table.
The hosts suffered a setback towards the end of the first half, when goalkeeper Pedro Gallese was injured in a collision with a teammate and forced out of the game, to be replaced by Édgar Melitón Hernández.
But Veracruz got a perfect start to the second half with a 48th-minute goal by Carlos Esquivel. Daniel Villalva sent a low pass towards the center of the field, which was just out of reach for Cristian Menéndez but set up nicely for Esquivel, who hit it first-time to make it 1-0.
After falling behind, América poured the pressure on in search of an equalizer. Melitón Hernández was the difference between the two sides as the substitute keeper made save after save to keep the Águilas off the board.
When Veracruz was just minutes away from earning their first home win and narrowing their deficit in the relegation standings, América scored to silence the crowd in the Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente.
Veracruz couldn’t clear a corner kick, with the ball eventually reaching Bruno Valdez, who made it 1-1 in the 92nd minute.
With the 1-1 draw, Veracruz reaches nine points while América reaches 16.
Veracruz: Pedro Gallese (Édgar Melitón Hernández 45′), Christian Ramos, Osmar Mares, Richard Ruíz, José Arturo Rivas, Carlos Esquivel, Adrián Luna (Hugo Cid 80′), Diego Chávez (Cristian Menéndez 46′), Wilder Cartagena, Alan Santos, Daniel Villalva.
América: Agustín Marchesín, Víctor Aguilera, Bruno Valdéz, Paul Aguilar, Guido Rodríguez, Mateus Uribe, Cecilio Domínguez, Renato Ibarra (Andrés Ibargüen 63′), Aldo Cruz (Henry Martín 77′), Jérémy Ménez (Joe Corona 86′), Oribe Peralta.