Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Veracruz and Necaxa played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the Tiburones Rojos winless in five, while the Rayos are winless in three and winless on the road this season.
The pressure was on Veracruz in this one, as the hosts are uncomfortably close to the bottom of both the league table and the relegation standings. However, it was Necaxa who controlled possession in the early going.
The Rayos were unable to do much with the ball, though, with the game turning into a midfield battle. The first good chance of the game came from a set piece, which Matías Fernándezput on goal. Pedro Gallese made the save, but gave up a rebound that forced another quick response about of the keeper.
Veracruz looked largely toothless in the first half, with just one chance of note through Ronaldo Prieto, whose shot from outside the box was blocked by a defender.
Just before halftime, Necaxa nearly found the breakthrough as Dieter Villalpando played in Víctor Dávila, whose first-time shot forced another good save out of Gallese, who punched the ball away only for it to be collected and sent back at him, but once again he was able to make the second save.
Veracruz made a pair of halftime subs as they looked to get something going up front, and they began to find some chances of their own. But Hugo González was ready and made the necessary saves to keep the game goalless.
As the game wore on, set pieces became the most dangerous opportunities for both sides. In the 80th minute, José Ruíz came close to scoring from one, but González made the save. Then, in the 86th, Veracruz has another set piece and González got his hand to the ball just before Cristian Menéndez met it with a header.
In the end, the goal wouldn’t come for either side and the two teams had to settle for a point apiece.
With the 0-0 draw, Veracruz reaches nine points while Necaxa reaches 12.
Veracruz: Pedro Gallese, Luis Caicedo, Osmar Mares, José Arturo Rivas, Jesús Paganoni, Wilder Catagena, José Ruíz, Adrián Luna (Joe Abrigo 75′), Bryan Carrasco (Jefferson Murillo 45′), Ronaldo Prieto (Diego Chávez 45′), Cristian Menéndez.
Necaxa: Hugo González, Brayan Beckeles, Luis Hernández, Manuel Mayorga, Ventura Alvarado, Dieter Villalpando, Matías Fernández (Facundo Castro 88′), Fernando González, Marcelo Allende (Leobardo López 88′), Francisco Córdova (Bryan Carvallo 70′), Víctor Dávila.