Monarcas Morelia dealt another blow to Veracruz’s hopes of avoiding relegation as they handed the Tiburones Rojos a 2-0 loss. The result is a second straight victory for the michoacanos – and a third in a row at home – while Veracruz has now lost three in a row and is winless in four.
Despite Veracruz’s desperate need for points, it was Morelia who took control of the game. The pressure showed for the visitors, who struggled to find a rhythm. Then, in the 9th minute, an error gave Morelia the lead.
Édgar Melitón Hernández came off his line to deal with a cross, but he failed to get the ball and instead collided with teammate Osmar Mares. The ball was at the top of the six-yard box next to the prone Mares, who, under pressure from Ray Sandoval, sent his attempted clearance into the back of the net, with his own-goal making it 1-0 for the hosts.
Morelia added to their lead before the half-hour mark, with Diego Valdés putting his shot from just outside the box through the legs of his defender, past Melitón Hernández, and into the net to make it 2-0.
Veracruz had a chance to reduce the deficit before halftime, but Carlos Gerardo Rodríguez was there to clear the ball off the line.
The Tiburones had another opportunity in the second half when Daniel Villalva had a good opportunity from within the six-yard box, but he couldn’t put the ball on target.
Morelia continued to dominate the game, however, and Veracruz could find no response even after the late sending-off of Emanuel Loeschbor, who received his second yellow card of the night in the 80th minute to leave the hosts with just 10 men.
With the 2-0 win, Morelia reaches 19 points while Veracruz still has nine.
Morelia: Sebastián Sosa, Carlos Rodríguez, Carlos Guzmán, Emanuel Loeschbor, Gabriel Achilier, Diego Valdés (Juan Pablo Rodríguez 86′), Rodolfo Vilchis (Sebastián Vegas 82′), Rodrigo Millar, Aldo Rocha, Raúl Ruidíaz, Ray Sandoval (Miguel Sansores 72′).
Veracruz: Édgar Melitón Hernández, Christian Ramos, Osmar Mares, José Arturo Rivas, Jesús Paganoni, Carlos Esquivel, Adrián Luna (Miguel Murillo 63′), Wilder Cartagena, Alan Santos (Juan Ángel Albín 45′), Daniel Villalva (Jesús Lara 74′), Cristian Menéndez.