A pair of late goals gave Tigres UANL a 0-2 away win against Veracruz. The result keeps the Tiburones Rojos winless and goalless in the Clausura, while the universitarios extended their winning streak to three games and remained unbeaten on the road.
Tigres had the edge, with André-Pierre Gignac repeatedly testing goalkeeper Sebastián Jurado, who made a number of impressive saves to keep Veracruz in the game. The Sharks’ attack continued to be toothless, with neither Cristian Menéndez nor Colin Kazim-Richards able to do much to trouble Nahuel Guzmán.
In the second half, Tigres’ pressure appeared to have paid off in the 72nd minute. Luis Rodríguez brought the ball down in the box, cut past his defender, and beat Jurado – but the would-be goal was disallowed for a handball after VAR review to keep the game 0-0.
Veracruz tried to hold out for the goalless draw, but in the 86th minute Francisco Venegas pounced on a rebound, sending a blasted shot past Jurado by inches to give Tigres the 0-1 lead.
Then, in stoppage time, Venegas added an insurance goal for Tigres with a low angled drive to make it 0-2.
Veracruz’s night ended on another sour note as Lampros Kontogiannis received his second yellow card of the game and was sent off in the 94th minute.
With the 0-2 win, Tigres reach 13 points while Veracruz still has two.
Veracruz: Sebastián Jurado, Fabricio Silva (Ivan Santillan 64′), Carlos Salcido, Lampos Kontogianni, Jesús Paganoni, Edson García, Carlos Gutiérrez, Luis Noriega (Bryan Carrasco 64′), Sebastián Rodríguez, Colin Kazim-Richards, Cristian Menéndez.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Carlos Salcedo, Juan Sánchez, Francisco Venegas, Francisco Meza, Rafael Carioca, Luis Rodríguez, Jesús Dueñas, André-Pierre Gignac, Enner Valencia, Luis Quiñones (Javier Aquino 93′).