Monarcas Morelia earned their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory against Veracruz. The result keeps the Tiburones Rojos winless this season – and leaves them still looking for their first goal.
Morelia came out looking for their first points of the season in front of their home fans, and they had an early opportunity through Edison Flores, who found himself one-on-one with Sebastián Jurado but couldn’t beat the keeper.
The game then settled into something of a midfield battle between two teams both in serious need of points – Veracruz especially, given their increasingly slim hopes of avoiding relegation. The visitors found a good chance in the 36th minute when Adrián Luna played in Cristian Menéndez, but he sent his shot crashing into the woodwork to keep it 0-0.
In the second half, Morelia came out with additional energy and the kept the ball in the attacking third. Their efforts were rewarded in the 59th minute, when Alberto Acosta cut around two defenders to get into the box before shooting from the top of the area and making it 1-0 for the hosts.
That goal boosted Morelia’s confidence and the michoacanos continued to press as they looked for an insurance goal. It came in the 80th minute, when Miguel Ángel Sansores headed home a cross from the right to give the hosts an unassailable 2-0 lead.
With the 2-0 win, Morelia reaches three points while Veracruz still has one.
Morelia: Sebastián Sosa, Sebastián Vegas, Emanuel Loeschbor, Alberto Acosta (Mario Osuna 69′), Gabriel Achilier, Edison Flores, Ray Sandoval (Carlos Ferreira 57′), Rodrigo Millar (Roberto Meráz 79′), Aldo Rocha, Gastón Lezcano, Miguel Ángel Sansores.
Veracruz: Sebastián Jurado, Fabricio Silva, Luis Caicedo, Jefferson Murillo, Cristian González, Sebastián Rodríguez, Rodrigo López (Luis Noriega 77′), Adrián Luna, Ronaldo Prieto (Bryan Carrasco 55′), Colin Kazim-Richards (Diego Chávez 76′), Cristian Menéndez.