These two faced each other less than a week ago in the SuperCopa MX, where Cruz Azul walked away with a 4-0 victory; La Máquina was not able to carry that form over into this match, however. The opening was cagey, with few chances of note for either side, although on the balance the visitors looked more dangerous.
Then, in the 27th minute, the referee called a penalty in favor of Cruz Azul after Yoshimar Yotún went down in the box. However, after VAR review, the call was waved away.
Shortly after the second half began, VAR again reviewed a play in Necaxa’s box – and this time the penalty was awarded. Milton Caraglio stepped up to take the PK, but Hugo González made the save. Édgar Méndez was there to put the rebound away, but the would-be goal was disallowed for encroachment.
The game remained goalless. Then, in the 70th minute, Maximiliano Salas was brought down by Julio César Domínguez, and the referee once again pointed to the spot – this time in favor of the hosts. Domínguez also earned a red card on the play for denial of a clear goal-scoring opportunity, leaving Cruz Azul to see out the rest of the game with 10.
Down a player, they expected to soon be down a goal as well. But Salas sent his PK over the bar to keep the game 0-0.
Necaxa wasn’t able to take advantage of their extra player and the game limped along to its inevitable conclusion.
With the 0-0 draw, Necaxa and Cruz Azul both reach one point.