Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Veracruz and Cruz Azul settled for a 0-0 draw. The result extends the Tiburones Rojos’ historic unbeaten streak to 34 games, but at least brings their six-game losing streak to a halt, while La Máquina remains unbeaten in two but winless in four.
Both teams were debuting coaches in this one, with Enrique López Zarza taking the helm at Veracruz and Robert Siboldi replacing Pedro Caixinha for Cruz Azul. The visitors looked the better team from the beginning and they attacked insistently in search of the breakthrough.
They thought they had found it in the 11th minute, when Roberto Alvarado put the ball into the net, but the would-be goal was disallowed for offside in the build-up.
After that, Sebastián Jurado was unbeatable. Veracruz’s goalkeeper made a number of saves to keep his team alive, notably making back-to-back saves in the 35th minute following a Cruz Azul corner kick.
In the second half, Veracruz began to try a few attacks of their own, and in the 56th minute Ángel Reyna came close to opening the scoring after Cruz Azul lost the ball trying to play out of the back. But Jesús Corona made the save to preserve the 0-0 draw.
Cruz Azul continued to have the majority of possession, but they couldn’t get past Jurado. At the other end, Corona had a quiet night but was called into action in the 86th minute to stop a dangerous free kick.
In the end, the two teams had to settle for a share of the spoils.
With the 0-0 draw, Veracruz reaches two points while Cruz Azul reaches 11.