In a game that finished 10 vs 10, Cruz Azul picked up a comfortable 3-0 victory against Querétaro. The result keeps La Máquina unbeaten in six – with four wins in that span – while the Gallos Blancos remain winless on the road this season.
The hosts started the game off strongly and they found several early chances. In the 6th minute, Yoshimar Yotún had a good look, but his shot went over the bar; then, in the 13th minute, Orbelín Pineda saw his header hit the crossbar.
The breakthrough came in the 18th minute. Pineda got his head on another cross, and this time he sent it into the back of the net: 1-0 for Cruz Azul.
The game took another turn for the worse for Querétaro in the 39th minute, when Alexis Pérez was sent off for a bad tackle on Pineda, leaving the Gallos to try to overturn the deficit while playing with just 10 men.
Cruz Azul put their numerical advantage to good use in the second half as they continued to look dangerous. In the 63rd minute, Milton Caraglio scored the 10,000th goal in the history of the Estadio Azteca with his diving header to make it 2-0.
Then, in the 76th minute, Jordan Sierra was called for a foul in the box, giving Cruz Azul the chance to run up the score from the penalty spot. Caraglio stepped up to take the PK, and he converted it to make it 3-0 for the hosts.
It wasn’t all good news for Cruz Azul, however; in the 89th minute, Rafael Baca earned his own red card for denial of a clear goal-scoring opportunity when he brought down Sierra. It was far too late for Querétaro to try to take advantage, though, and La Máquina easily saw out the final few minutes.
With the 3-0 win, Cruz Azul reaches 22 points while Querétaro still has seven.
Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Pablo Aguilar, Julio César Domínguez, Igor Lichnovsky, Adrián Aldrete, Yoshimar Yotún (Jorge García 85′), Édgar Mendez (Martín Cauteruccio 77′), Rafael Baca, Roberto Alvarado, Orbelín Pineda (Jonathan Rodríguez 59′), Milton Caraglio.
Querétaro: Gil Alcalá, George Corral, Luis Romo, Diego Novaretti, Miguel Ángel Samudio, Alexis Pérez, Jordan Sierra, Marcel Ruíz (Jaime Gómez 45′), Daniel Villalva (Jordi Cortizo 74′), Matías Britos (Jorge Rojas 45′), Ake Loba.