Veracruz’s struggles continued with a 0-1 home loss to Monterrey. The result gives the Rayados back-to-back wins, while the Tiburones Rojos have now lost four in a row and are still looking for their first victory of the season.
Veracruz suffered a 9-2 loss to Pachuca last weekend, followed by the FIFA-mandated deduction of six points in the standings due to outstanding debts; winless through 14 games and already relegated, the hosts were looking to salvage a little pride here.
The first half was full of action, with numerous chances at both ends. Monterrey, who made a number of chances to their typical starting lineup, nevertheless managed to control possession. However, the first notable chance of the game fell to the hosts, with Colin Kazim-Richards trying his luck with a dangerous shot from outside the box.
In the 30th minute, Adam Bareiro had a great chance for Monterrey, but Sebastián Jurado came off his line to make an important save and the defense was then able to clear the ball away.
The Rayados suffered a setback in the 35th minute, when César Montes received an accidental kick to the face from teammate Johan Vázquez, which left the defender bloody and apparently stunned. After several minutes of treatment, he was carried off the field and subbed out for John Stefan Medina.
Despite that, Monterrey closed the half out strongly with notable chances from Ángel Zaldívar and Leonel Vangioni, although the game remained deadlocked at 0-0. The Rayados started the second half the same way, with Zaldívar hitting the crossbar in the 54th minute.
The additions of Rogelio Funes Mori and Avilés Hurtado to the field gave Monterrey another dimension and the breakthrough came soon after. In the 69th minute, Veracruz failed to clear their lines and Zaldívar laid the ball off for Vangioni at the top of the box; his first-time effort beat Jurado to make it 0-1 for the visitors.
That goal demoralized Veracruz, and they never looked likely to find an equalizer. Monterrey, meanwhile, squandered several chances to add to their lead, but in the end the lone goal was enough.
With the 0-1 win, Monterrey reaches 29 points while Veracruz still has zero.
Veracruz: Sebastián Jurado, Carlos Salcido, Lampros Kontogiannis, Jesús Paganoni, Edson García, Carlos Gutiérrez, Sebastián Rodríguez (Luis Bonilha 60′), Adrián Luna, Diego Chávez (Fabricio Silva 66′), Bryan Carrasco (Jefferson Murillo 79′), Colin Kazim-Richards.
Monterrey: Marcelo Barovero, César Montes (John Stefan Medina 39′), Edson Gutiérrez, Leonel Vangioni, Johan Vásquez, Eric Cantú, Jesús Gallardo, Carlos Rodríguez (Avilés Hurtado 60′), Maximiliano Meza, Adam Bareiro (Rogelio Funes Mori 60′), Ángel Zaldívar.