In a game delayed by a second-half power outage, Veracruz earned their first home win of the season with a 1-0 victory against Tijuana. The result snaps a two-game losing streak for the Tiburones Rojos, while the Xolos are now winless in six.
The night started off well for the hosts, with the Tiburones taking the lead in just the 8th minute. Bryan Carrasco sent a long ball into the box for Diego Chávez, whose header made it 1-0 for Veracruz early on.
Tijuana looked to respond, but they were unable to create many chances. Veracruz, too, looked toothless after taking the lead, and the half wound down without any more clear goal-scoring opportunities for either side.
Then the start of the second half was delayed by 10 minutes due to a power failure that left the Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente in darkness. When the game restarted, Tijuana looked the stronger side.
The Xolos came close to an equalizer in the 62nd minute, when Eryc Castillo’s shot looked destined for the upper left corner, but Pedro Gallese made the save.
Gallese was called into action again in the 78th minute, when he denied José Rivero.
Tijuana continued to knock on the door, but Gallese stood firm and was able to preserve the clean sheet as Veracruz held on to their slim lead.
With the 1-0 win, Veracruz reaches seven points while Tijuana still has six.
Veracruz: Pedro Gallese, Rodrigo Noya, Osmar Mares, Jefferson Murillo (Joe Abrigo 71′), José Arturo Rivas, Jesús Paganoni, Luis Martínez, Wilder Cartagena, Diego Chávez (Enrique Pérez 86′), Bryan Carrasco (Adrián Luna 65′), Cristian Menéndez.
Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Gustavo Canto, Omar Mendoza, Diego González, Diego Rodríguez (José Rivero 74′), Jesús Angulo (Fabián Castillo 57′), Juan Lucero (Erick Torres 79′), Eryc Castillo, Miler Bolaños.