Apertura 2017 Week 17 Results: Cruz Azul 1, Veracruz 0

In the first game of the final Saturday of the regular season, Cruz Azul looked to save it’s season and clinch a playoff berth at home against Veracruz. It wasn’t easy, but the hosts succeeded on both fronts thanks to a 1-0 win. Felipe Mora sored the season-saving goal in the 83rd minute, important because Francisco Silva just missed on a PENAL! in the 19th minute-he shot in the opposite direction of the goalie but was just too wide left and hit the post! Because of the win, Cruz Azul clinches a playoff berth and now waits to see where they wind up, best-case is probably going to be 5th and wait to see who they play, worst-case is 7th or 8th and traversing the potential playoff path of death through Monterrey and/or Tigres. Veracruz will finish the season 17th, start next tournament last again in the demotion race and also shorthanded as near the end defenseman Lucas Rodriguez picked up 2 Amarillas in about a minute, meaning he also picked up a Rojas! HE GONE! He will start the second half a week late. Veracruz picked up FOUR Amarillas in the last 5 minutes, continuing a recent trend of really racking them up. And if Veracruz can’t have a Monterrey-like tournament in the second half, they are all but headed down to Ascenso MX in about 6 months.

Game Stats:
Goals-Felipe Mora (Cruz Azul, 83′, 8th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Cruz Azul 4, Veracruz 2
Corner Kicks-Cruz Azul 7, Veracruz 3
Amarillas-Veracruz 5 (Leonardo Velazquez, 9′, Sergio Garcia, 20′, Lucas Rodriguez, 85′, Guido Milan, 88′, Jesus Paganoni, 89′), Cruz Azul 1 (Gabriel Penalba, 88′)
Rojas-Veracruz 1 (Rodriguez, 86′)

Venue: Estadio Azul, Mexico City
Attendance: 26,149 (79.2% capacity)

Next up:
Cruz Azul-TBA in Gran Fiesta Quarterfinals
Veracruz-Clausura 2018 Tournament

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Veracruz: Striker Luna Out With Injury

Ahead of their season finale this weekend, Veracruz issued a press release today announcing striker Adrian Luna has suffered a ruptured meniscus in his left leg. The diagnosis was revealed by an MRI Luna had done in Guadalajara by Dr. Rafael Ortega, with Luna accompanied by Veracruz’s medical director, Juan Jose Perez. Surgery was performed today, the initial estimate for recovery time is 6 weeks but there is a slight chance (estimated at about 5% by Dr. Ortega) of a worst-case outcome based on what is discovered during surgery, which could keep him out up to 4 months. The 6 week timeframe, if that is the case, likely would put him back in time for the Clausura 2018 Tournament. Luna, a midfielder from Uruguay, had played in all 16 games so far this season (14 starts) and scored 3 goals for the Tiburones Rojos.

Source: Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz press release

Apertura 2017 Week 16 Results; Toluca 1, Veracruz 0

In the final game of the week, Toluca looked to save it’s rapidly slipping-away season by trying to do something it hasn’t yet done all year-win on the road. Fortunately for them, their last road game of the tournament took them to Veracruz, a place where they have been quite successful. And that continued as Toluca finally got their first road win of the year, 1-0. Pedro Canelo scored the only goal in the 59th minute. The result means Toluca gets into the playoffs with a win in their final game, but a loss or tie means they need help. Too bad for them some of that help would have to come from Veracruz, they might be short-handed because of the 6 Amarillas they racked up and their finale is at one of the teams Toluca is trying to stay in front of-Cruz Azul. Working in Toluca’s favor is they finish at home as they will host Tijuana.

Game Stats:
Goals-Pedro Canelo (Toluca, 59′, 5th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Toluca 5, Veracruz 4
Corner Kicks-Toluca 4, Veracruz 2
Amarillas-Veracruz 6 (Jose Rivas, 17′, Leandro Diaz, 33′, Leonardo Velazquez, 43′, Jefferson Murillo, 67′, Guido Milan, 77′, Daniel Villalva, 92′), Toluca 1 (Rubens Sambueza, 40′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente, Boca Del Rio, Veracruz
Attendance: TBA

Next up:
Veracruz-at Cruz Azul (11/18)
Toluca-Tijuana (11/19)

Disciplinary Commission Opens Investigations

The Disciplinary Commission today announced they have opened an investigation into America coach Miguel Herrera stemming from events in this past weekend’s America-Monterrey game. No further details were released.

The Commission also announced that Veracruz has appealed the ejection of Guido Milan from their game at Leon this weekend, claiming it was erroneous. The Commission will analyze and rule on this appeal.

More as it becomes available.

Apertura 2017 Week 15 Results; Leon 6, Veracruz 2

Looking to secure top-4 playoff position, Leon hosted Veracruz with the visitors trying to keep their faint playoff hopes alive. What was a close game for a while turned into a laugher as Leon continued living up to their “ultimate second-half team” reputation in more than one way, putting Veracruz away with a 6-2 rout. Andres Andrade needed just 3 minutes to put Leon ahead with the first goal of the game, then 10 minutes later Mauro Boselli converted a PENAL! to become the first player to reach the 10 goal mark this tournament. 5 minutes later though, Veracruz got their own PENAL!, which Christian Menendez converted to make it 2-1. Leon further opened the door right before halftime when Alexander Mejia got called for a breakaway tackle and got a Rojas! HE GONE! That meant Leon was a man down for the entire second half. But the hosts got a break when Boselli got another PENAL! in the 60th minute to make it 3-1. but Menendez immediately answered with his second of the game to get Veracruz to 3-2. But when play resumed after that, Veracruz lost their potential advantage when Guido Milan got a Rojas! HE GONE! With both sides now at 10 men each, Elias Hernandez quickly scored 2 unanswered goals to put Leon up 5-2, and Juan Cornejo headed in a buzzer-beater to complete the rout. The win all but wraps up a playoff berth for Leon while Veracruz is officially done. This also means that, with regards to the quotient table, Monterrey is virtually safe from demotion after the year as the only way that could happen is they lose their next 20 games, Veracruz wins their next 19 and overcomes a monumental goal differential deficit.

Game Stats:
Goals-Andres Andrade (Leon, 3′, 3rd of tournament), Mauro Boselli 2 (Leon, 13′, 60′, 11th of tournament, Penalty Kicks), Christian Menendez 2 (Veracruz, 18′, Penalty Kick, 65′, 2nd of tournament), Elias Hernandez 2 (Leon, 68′, 77′, 6th of tournament), Juan Cornejo (Leon, 89′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Leon 4, Veracruz 2
Corner Kicks-Leon 5, Veracruz 2
Amarillas-Veracruz 2 (Guido Milan, 29′, Cristian Pellerano, 66′), Leon 1 (Luis Montes, 33′)
Rojas-Veracruz 1 (Milan, 65′), Leon 1 (Alexaner Mejia, 45′)

Venue: Estadio Nou Camp, Leon, Guanajauto
Attendance: 16,400 (52.4% capacity)

Next up:
Leon-at Tijuana (11/3)
Veracruz-Toluca (11/5)

Apertura 2017 Week 14 Results: Guadalajara 3, Veracruz 2

In the final game of Week 14, Veracruz hosted Guadalajara. Although they almost blew yet another one, the Chivas managed to pull out their 2nd win of the year by a 3-2 margin. Michelle Benitez & Rodolfo Pizarro gave the Chivas an early 2-0 lead with goals in the 26th & 35th minutes, but in the second half they quickly gave it back, allowing Veracruz to pull even with Daniel Villalva & Cristian Menendez scored in the 47th & 53rd minutes. Javier Lopez’s 68th minute goal gave Guadalajara the win.

Game Stats:
Goals-Michelle Benitez (Guadalajara, 26′, 1st of tournament), Rodolfo Pizarro (Guadalajara, 35′, 4th of tournament), Daniel Villalva (Veracruz, 47′, 2nd of tournament), Cristian Menendez (Veracruz, 53′, 4th of tournament), Javier Lopez (Guadalajara, 68′, 2nd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Veracruz 3, Guadalajara 3
Amarillas-Veracruz 3 (Leandro Diaz, 54′, Cristian Pellerano, 57′, Kristian Alvarez, 59′), Guadalajara 1 (Pizarro, 56′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente, Boca Del Rio, Veracruz
Attendance: 14,404 (50.1% capacity)

Next up:
Veracruz-at Leon (10/28)
Guadalajara-Tijuana (10/28)

Apertura 2017 Week 10 Results: Tigres 1, Veracruz 0

Tigres hosted Veracruz in their Week 10 make-up game tonight as the champs looked to improve their playoff position in their quest for the Apertura & league champion three-peat. Although the score says otherwise, Tigres cruised to an easy 1-0 victory. The only goal came from Andre-Pierre Gignac in the 2nd minute, only his 3rd goal so far this year.

Game Stats:
Goals-Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres, 2′, 3rd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Tigres 4
Corner Kicks-Tigres 2, Veracruz 1
Amarillas-Tigres 2 (Rafael de Souza, 50′, Ismael Sosa, 86′), Veracruz 2 (Leandro Velazquez, 47′, Jesus Paganoni, 76′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Universitario, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: TBA

Next up:
Tigres-Toluca (10/21)
Veracruz-Guadalajara (10/22)