Among numerous controversies including player complaints of unpaid salaries totaling nearly 40 million pesos (about $207,000 U.S.), the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) and Liga MX have taken the step of disaffiliating Veracruz.
The Tiburones Rojos are no longer part of the league, effective immediately; all players, from the first team, the women’s team, and the youth teams, are all free agents and can sign with any other team.
With Veracruz no longer in Liga MX, the Clausura 2020 will be played with 18 teams and there will be no relegation at the end of the season – although promotion from Ascenso MX will still be in effect, as Liga MX continues to work towards a stable 20-team first division.
Chivas de Guadalajara came from behind to earn a 3-1 victory against Veracruz. The result extends El Rebaño’s winning streak to three games, but also ends their season, while the Tiburones Rojos suffered a second straight defeat to finish the Apertura in last place in the table.
The game started with a minute of applause in honor of Jorge Vergara, the owner of Chivas who died last week; he was also honored with a video presentation at halftime. Additionally, Carlos Salcido was playing his final game against his former team and received an ovation from the crowd, who also displayed a number of banners in honor of the defender.
América locked up their spot in the playoffs in their final regular season game – they have a bye next week – with a 0-5 thumping of Veracruz. The result gives the Águilas three wins in their last four, while the Tiburones Rojos are winless in two.
The visitors were the better team from the beginning and it didn’t take long for their dominance to pay off. The usually assured Sebastián Jurado gifted them the opening goal in the 18th minute, when he came out to punch away a corner and missed the contact; the ball fell to Bruno Valdez, who put it away to make it 0-1.
Veracruz’s world-record winless streak has finally come to an end. After 41 games without a victory, spanning more than a calendar year, Veracruz beat Puebla 1-0 on Tuesday night. The result makes it three losses in a row for the Poblanos, who remain winless in four.
Facing another struggling team, Veracruz came out attacking in a game they surely saw as their best chance to end their streak. But after an early burst of activity with chances at both ends, the pace of the game slowed considerably.
Tijuana kept themselves in the playoff fight with a 2-0 win against Veracruz. The result snaps a two-game winless streak for the Xolos, while the Tiburones Rojos’ own record-setting winless streak grew to 41 games.
The hosts took control of the game early, with Camilo Sanvezzo and Ariel Nahuelpán looking particularly dangerous in the attack. Sebastián Jurado made a number of saves to keep Veracruz in the game, while the Tiburones Rojos’ defense once again looked out of sorts.
Tigres UANL took advantage of Veracruz’s protest to take an early lead and win the game 1-3. The result extends the Tiburones Rojos’ record-setting winless streak to 40 games, while the universitarios have now won three in a row.
To protest against unpaid salaries, Veracruz players simply stood or knelt quietly on the field after the initial whistle, while the substitutes lined up along the sideline. They did not attempt to play the ball or interfere when Tigres had possession. The ball was initially played back to Sebastián Jurado, who kicked it away after a minute and a half when André-Pierre Gignac approached to pressure him. Tigres took advantage as soon as the ball was “in play”, with Eduardo Vargas scoring with a long-range shot seconds later – while the Veracruz players still remained frozen on the field.
For the second week in a row, Veracruz took a late lead but couldn’t hold it. Their 1-1 draw with León extends the Tiburones Rojos’ record-setting winless streak to 39 games, while La Fiera is now winless in three.
León came out attacking and they had a good chance early on through José Juan Macías, but his diagonal shot went just wide of the post. Veracruz had a good chance of their own moments later, with Lampros Kontogiannis missing just high in the 4th minute.
Veracruz was just minutes away from their first win in more than a year when Kevin Castañeda scored the equalizer for Toluca. The 1-1 result extends the Tiburones Rojos’ winless streak to 38 games while the Diablos Rojos remain unbeaten in three.
Veracruz came out attacking as they looked to end both their record-setting winless streak and a run of five games without a goal. They had more chances, but not many dangerous ones. Toluca struggled to get going in the final third as well, with a lack of creativity hampering the visitors.
Santos Laguna steamrolled past an increasingly toothless Veracruz to the tune of a 5-0 win. The result keeps the Laguneros unbeaten in five and lifts them back into first place in the table, while the Tiburones Rojos remain rooted to the foot of the table as their record-setting winless streak grew to 37 games.
Santos looked dangerous from the start and they continually knocked on the door before finding the breakthrough in the 18th minute. Eryc Castillo opened the scoring for the hosts after Diego Valdés played him in behind the defense.
FC Juárez added to Veracruz’s woes with a 2-0 victory. The result gives the Bravos back-to-back home wins, while the Tiburones Rojos saw their record-setting winless streak grow to 36 games.
All of Juárez’s victories have come at home this season, and they came out attacking in this one. The quality of their opponent aside, they looked dangerous from the start and soon tested Sebastián Juardo in goal. The young keeper did well to deny them, and made a particularly notable save against Mauro Fernández in the 17th minute.