Tigres UANL extended their winning streak to three games with a 0-2 away win against Veracruz. The result keeps the universitarios unbeaten in five, while the Tiburones Rojos have now lost two in a row, are winless in three, and remain rooted to the foot of the relegation standings.
The visitors took the lead in just the 7th minute. A throw-in led to the goal by Lucas Zelarayán, who had only to tap the ball into the empty net to give Tigres the early 0-1 lead.
Veracruz looked for a response, but they had few real opportunities to tie the game. Tigres always looked dangerous on the counter, and in the 30th minute they added to their lead from another dead-ball situation as André-Pierre Gignac headed home a corner kick to make it 0-2 for the visitors.
With the two-goal advantage, Tigres sat back to manage the game and conserve some energy with their midweek CONCACAF Champions League game against Toronto FC in mind.
Veracruz, despite having the slight majority of possession, could do little with it. Their most dangerous opportunity was a powerful header by Cristian Menéndez that he sent straight at Nahuel Guzmán.
With the 0-2 win, Tigres reach 18 points while Veracruz still has nine.
Veracruz: Édgar Melitón Hernández, Christian Ramos, Osmar Mares, Richard Ruíz (Jesús Paganoni 55′), José Arturo Rivas, Carlos Esquivel, Adrián Luna, Wilder Cartagena (Miguel Murillo 46′), Alan Santos, Cristian Menéndez, Juan Ángel Albín (Édgar Andrade 80′).
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Jorge Torres Nilo, Iván Estrada (Israel Jiménez 74′), Rafael Carioca, Jesús Dueñas, Lucas Zelarayán (Javier Aquino 55′), André-Pierre Gignac, Enner Valencia (Eduardo Vargas 65′), Ismael Sosa.