Veracruz vs Querétaro – Jornada 16 Recap and Highlights

Veracruz took a two-goal lead but failed to hold it as a stoppage-time goal gave Querétaro a 2-2 draw. The result ends a three-game losing streak for the Tiburones Rojos, but leaves them winless in nine as they remain last in both the league and relegation tables. The Gallos Blancos, meanwhile, remain unbeaten in two.

The hosts came out looking to end their poor run of form in front of their home fans, and in the 19th minute they look the lead. Veracruz mounted a quick counterattack, with Adrián Luna playing in Bryan Carrasco, who sent the ball over the onrushing Tiago Volpi to make it 1-0 for the hosts.

That goal gave Veracruz a morale boost, and they continued to attack. Just past the half-hour mark, they were rewarded with a second goal, as Hibert Ruíz met a corner kick at the near post to head the Tiburones ahead 2-0.

Querétaro nearly responded moments later through Camilo Sanvezzo, but Sebastián Jurado made the save to preserve the shutout.

The second half, though, was a different story. The visitors made two halftime substitutions as they looked to get back in the game, and they came out with more intensity in attack.

It took less than 10 minutes for the Gallos Blancos to find a foothold, as Alexis Pérez headed home a corner kick to reduce the deficit to 2-1.

Querétaro pushed hard for an equalizer, and Edson Puch in particular proved a headache for Veracruz’s defense. But the clock was winding down and as the game went into stoppage time it looked like Veracruz would escape.

Until Querétaro won a corner kick in the 93rd minute. The initial service was cleared away, but the ball was immediately sent back into the box, where Hiram Mier nodded home the equalizer to make it 2-2 at the death.

With the 2-2 draw, Veracruz reaches 10 points while Querétaro reaches 23.

Highlights

Lineups

Veracruz: Sebastián Jurado, Enrique Pérez, Luis Caicedo, Osmar Mares, Jesús Paganoni, Luis Noriega (Wilder Cartagena 80′), Joe Abrigo (Diego Chávez 71′), José Hibert Ruíz, Adrián Luna, Bryan Carrasco (Carlos Esquivel 64′), Cristian Menéndez.

Querétaro: Tiago Volpi, George Corral (Everaldo Stum 73′), Diego Novaretti, Alexis Pérez, Hiram Mier, Javier Güemez, Jaime Gómez (Miguel Ángel Samudio 45′), Jordi Cortizo (Edson Puch 45′), Marcel Ruiz, Camilo Sanvezzo, Daniel Villalva.

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