The universitarios came out attacking and it looked like the hosts had taken the lead in just the 7th minute, when Felipe Mora finished off an attack. But after consulting VAR, referee Francisco Chacón disallowed the would-be goal for offside.
Pumas continued to press and they created several more dangerous chances, but Veracruz’s young goalkeeper, Sebastián Jurado, made a pair of saves to keep the game goalless.
The Tiburones Rojos didn’t create many chances of their own, with Pumas controlling possession and dictating the game. The intensity lowered in the second half, but they still managed to stifle the visitors.
Veracruz’s best chance of the game didn’t come until the 84th minute, when Cristian Menéndez took advantage of a defensive miscue to get a shot away, but he couldn’t get enough power on it and it was an easy save in the end for Alfredo Saldívar.
With the 0-0 draw, Pumas and Veracruz both reach one point.
Pumas: Alfredo Saldívar, Alejandro Arribas, Luis Quintana, Alan Mendoza (Juan Iturbe 60′ – Brian Figueroa 64′), Diego Rosales, Víctor Malcorra, Andrés Iniestra, Martín Rodríguez (David Cabrera 76′), Pablo Barrera, Felipe Mora, Carlos González.
Veracruz: Sebastián Jurado, Fabricio Silva, Luis Caicedo, Jefferson Murillo, Cristian González, Luis Martínez, Rodrigo López, Adrián Luna (Luis Bonilha 65′), Diego Chávez (Ronaldo Prieto 70′), Bryan Carrasco (Joe Abrigo 83′), Cristian Menéndez.