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.
Veracruz’s horrific Clausura 2019 season took another turn for the worse on Monday, when FIFA ordered a six-point deduction for the club. Veracruz has an outstanding debt of $224,550 to Uruguayan club Montevideo Wanderers for the rights to Matías Santos, who joined Veracruz in August 2017.
The young midfielder barely featured for the club, accumulating 180 minutes for the U-20 team and 90 minutes in the Copa MX; he was on the bench for two Liga MX games, but did not play. He left Veracruz for Deportivo Pasto July 2018.
Pachuca earned the biggest league win in their history with a 9-2 thumping of Veracruz. The result keeps the Tuzos perfect at home this season, while the Tiburones Rojos remain winless in the Clausura 2019.
Pachuca dominated the game from the beginning, and they found the breakthrough in the 16th minute. Franco Jara sent a cross to the far post and Leonardo Ulloa headed it home to make it 1-0 for the Tuzos.
A late goal gave Atlas a 0-1 road victory against Veracruz on Friday night. The result keeps the Tiburones Rojos winless in the Clausura and rooted to the foot of the table, while the Rojinegros have picked up back-to-back victories.
Veracruz had the better of the run of play in the first half, but their anemic offense couldn’t find the breakthrough; the Tiburones have been shut out in 10 of their 13 league games this season. Cristian Menéndez came closest with his 12th minute effort, but Anderson Santamaría cleared it away.
Necaxa picked up just their second home win of the season with a 2-0 victory against Veracruz. The result gives the Rayos back-to-back victories and keeps them unbeaten in three, while the Tiburones Rojos remain winless this season.
Veracruz’s relegation seems ever more of a sure thing, with the Tiburones showing a complete inability to find goals, points, and victories with two-thirds of the Clausura 2019 season gone. They nearly shot themselves in the foot in the 22nd minute of this game when two defenders collided trying to clear a cross and came within inches of sending the ball into their own net.
Both teams had the lead at one time or another, but in the end Veracruz and Santos Laguna had to settle for a 2-2 draw. The result leaves the Tiburones Rojos still looking for their first win of the Clausura 2019, while the Laguneros remain winless in two.
The game started off well for the hosts, as Veracruz took the lead in the 8th minute. Santos couldn’t get the ball clear and a low cross from Jefferson Murillo reached Bryan Carrasco, who sent it into the back of the net to make it 1-0 for the Tiburones.
Veracruz snapped their seven-game scoreless streak but was unable to hold the lead as they drew 1-1 with Cruz Azul. The result keeps the Tiburones Rojos winless in the Clausura 2019, while La Máquina are now winless in four.
Veracruz came out looking to finally make their home field advantage count, and they had a good chance in just the 3rd minute. Colin Kazim-Richards sent a dangerous cross into the box for Cristian Menéndez, but he couldn’t get the final touch.
Tijuana continued their climb up the table with a 3-0 victory against 10-man Veracruz. The result keeps the Xolos unbeaten in three and gives them back-to-back home wins, while the Tiburones Rojos remain winless and goalless in the Clausura.
The night got complicated for the visitors early on. In the 8th minute, Edson García was sent off after committing a handball to prevent a clear goal-scoring opportunity. That incident left the Tiburones Rojos with just 10 men – and also gave Tijuana a penalty kick.
Monarcas Morelia vs Monterrey – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Monarcas Morelia (16th) fell 2-0 to Pachuca last weekend to give them two losses in a row and keep them winless in three, as well as winless on the road this season. The michoacanos will now look to get back on track when they return home to the Estadio Morelos, but they’ll be facing the league leaders in this one. Morelia has struggled to score this season, averaging less than a goal per game, but on the other hand all four of their goals have come at home.
As for Monterrey (1st), the Rayados beat Lobos BUAP 4-0 last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. They have the best goal-scoring record in the league as well, averaging close to three goals per game, and they’ll look for another big win in this one. Monterrey’s schedule has been very home-heavy so far, with just two away games out of six, but facing one of the teams propping up the table is unlikely to test their ability to win on the road as well. They do need to win this one to guarantee they’ll hold on to first place, though.
A pair of late goals gave Tigres UANL a 0-2 away win against Veracruz. The result keeps the Tiburones Rojos winless and goalless in the Clausura, while the universitarios extended their winning streak to three games and remained unbeaten on the road.
Tigres had the edge, with André-Pierre Gignac repeatedly testing goalkeeper Sebastián Jurado, who made a number of impressive saves to keep Veracruz in the game. The Sharks’ attack continued to be toothless, with neither Cristian Menéndez nor Colin Kazim-Richards able to do much to trouble Nahuel Guzmán.