Apertura 2017 Week 4 Results: Veracruz 3, Santos 2

The final game of week 4 featured things that don’t happen very often based on recent history-most notably, for only the 2nd time since the start of the Clausura 2017, Santos lost-they dropped a 3-2 decision at home to Veracruz. Cristian Menendez gave Veracruz an early lead with a 34th-minute goal, then in the 56th minute Jorge Enriquez’s header got Santos even. Veracruz quickly re-took the lead on an Adrian Luna header in the 59th minute and a Christian Valdez goal in the 64th minute to extend their lead to 3-1. The refs let them play at the end until Santos got a Brian Lozano goal 5 minutes into extra time, but there would be no rallying for another tie. Santos now has matched their entire loss total from last tournament after 4 weeks-1. This also is only the 3rd time in their last 21 games at Santos that Veracruz has won-coming in their record in the last 20 games there was 2-15-3.

Game Stats:
Goals-Cristian Memendez (Veracruz, 34′, 2nd of tournament), Jorge Enriquez (Santos, 56′, 1st of tournament), Adrian Luna (Veracruz, 59′, 2nd of tournament), Christian Valdez (Veracruz, 64′, 1st of tournament), Brian Lozano (Santos, 90+5′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Santos 1
Corner Kicks-Santos 10, Veracruz 1

Venue: Estadio TSM Corona, Torreon, Coahuila
Attendance: TBA

Next up:
Santos-at Tijuana (8/18)
Veracruz-Queretaro (8/19)

Apertura 2017 Week 3 Results: Veracruz 2, Puebla 0

In the week’s final matchup, which was also the least-interesting game because it featured a pair of bottom-dwellers, Veracruz took advantage of Atlas’ earlier loss to gain back some key ground in the early demotion race with a 2-0 win at home over Puebla. Adrian Luna scored Veracruz’ first goal with a PERFECT free kick in the 9th minute, putting it in at such an angle that it absolutely froze the goalie on his feet! Cristian Menendez added the second goal before halftime. The only item of note in the second half was Puebla’s Pablo Caceres spoiling a near-clean weekend with a Rojas! HE GONE! 2 Amarillas kept us from seeing no red this weekend.

Game Stats:
Goals-Adrian Luna (Veracruz, 9′, 1st of tournament), Cristian Menendez (Veracruz, 41′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Veracruz 1
Corner Kicks-Veracruz 2, Puebla 1
Amarillas-Puebla 3 (Pablo Caceres 2, 6′, 58′, Alonso Zamora, 42′)
Rojas-Puebla 1 (Caceres, 58′)

Venue: Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente, Boca Del Rio, Veracruz
Attendance: 14,364 (50% capacity)

Next up:
Veracruz-at Santos (8/13)
Puebla-Tijuana (8/11)

Apertura 2017 Week 2 Results: Monterrey 1, Veracruz 0

Today’s game between Monterrey & Veracruz wasn’t really much of a game as it was over right after it started-yes, they played the full 90 minutes but the Rayados basically won right at the start in their 1-0 home win. It took only 25 seconds for Dorlan Pabon to give Monterrey a lead they would not relinquish with his first goal of the year. But the Rayados gave Veracruz a chance in the 38th minute, when Jose Basanta got a no-call on a flop then became a bad-flop-sell victim and earned a Rojas! HE GONE! But Veracruz couldn’t capitalize and they quickly fall to 0-2, their latest efforts to avoid demotion off to a bad start.

Game Stats:
Goals-Dorlan Pabon (Monterrey, 0′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Monterrey 3
Corner Kicks-Monterrey 1, Veracruz 1
Amarillas-Veracruz 3 (Luis Martinez, 24′, Guido Milan, 41′, Adrian Luna, 84′), Monterrey 1 (Carlos Sanchez, 90+2′)
Rojas-Monterrey 1 (Jose Basanta, 38′)

Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: 46,130 (88.2% capacity)

Next up:
Monterrey-at Tijuana (8/4)
Veracruz-Puebla (8/6)

Women’s Liga MX Apertura 2017 Week 1 Results: Morelia 2, Veracruz 1

In the final game of this morning’s slate of women’s games, what was the closest match so far saw Morelia edge out Veracruz 2-1 at home. Nadia Barriga scored Morelia’s first goal in the 18th minute, but Veracruz got even on a PENAL! conversion by Valeriana Cornejo in the 41st minute. Karla Jimenez scored the game-winner for Morelia in the 79th minute.

Game Stats:
Goals-Nadia Barriga (Morelia, 18′, 1st of tournament), Valeriana Cornejo (Veracruz, 41′, 1st of tournament, Penalty Kick), Karla Jimenez (Morelia, 79′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Nil
Amarillas-Veracruz 1 (Itzel Roman, 89′)

Venue: Estadio Morelos, Morelia, Michoacan
Attendance: 6,170 (17.6% capacity)

Next up:
Morelia-at Tijuana (8/5)
Veracruz-Pachuca (8/5)

Apertura 2017 Week 1 Results: Necaxa 2, Veracruz 0

The final game of Week 1 just wrapped up, and it resulted in the 8th shutout in 9 games. Necaxa was the victor on the road, blanking Veracruz 2-0. Jesus Isijara scored the first goal in the 11th minute, then Carlos Gonzalez added an 18th minute score for the final margin. Veracruz also lost midfielder Cristian Pellerano late after he picked up 2 Amarillas, which means a Rojas! HE GONE! He’ll sit out next week as the Tiburones Rojos stumble out of the gate in their quest to avoid demotion after this year.

Game Stats:
Goals-Jesus Isijara (Necaxa, 11′, 1st of tournament), Carlos Gonzalez (Necaxa, 18′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Necaxa 4, Veracruz 1
Corner Kicks-Veracruz 5, Necaxa 1
Amarillas-Veracruz 3 (Cristian Pellerano 2, 31′, 69′, Adrian Luna, 50′), Necaxa 1 (Luis Gallegos, 35′)
Rojas-Veracruz 1 (Pellerano, 69′)

Venue: Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente, Boca Del Rio, Veracruz
Attendance: 16,164 (56.3% capacity)

Next up:
Veracruz-at Monterrey (7/29)
Necaxa-Tijuana (7/29)

Clausura 2017 Round 17 Results: Tijuana 1, Veracruz 0

While their offense was completely shut down last night, Tijuana got just enough offense to lock up their 2nd straight regular season title at home with a 1-0 win over Veracruz. Luis Chavez scored the only goal on a direct shot in the 86th minute. With the win, Tijuana will be the #1 playoff seed for the second straight tournament, and will hope to have better luck than when they bombed out against Leon in the Apertura, although they’ll have another tough-looking draw in Morelia. Veracruz, meanwhile, finishes at the bottom of the ratio table but managed to avoid demotion this time thanks to having a better goal differential than Jaguares.

Game Stats:
Goals-Luis Chavez (Tijuana, 86′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Veracruz 2
Corner kicks-Tijuana 2
Amarillas-Veracruz 4 (Leobardo Lopez, 24′, Cristian Pellerano, 34′, Angel Reyna, 39′, Jefferson Murillo, 84′), Tijuana 4 (Victor Malcorra, 38′, Aviles Hurtado, 43′, Guido Rodriguez, 46′, Joe Corona, 52′)

Venue: Estadio Caliente, Tijuana
Attendance: 20,133 (73.6% capacity)

Next up:
Tijuana-TBA vs. Morelia in Gran Fiesta Quarterfinals
Veracruz-Apertura 2017 Tournament

Clausura 2017 Round 16 Results: Tigres 3, Tijuana 0

Once again Tijuana had a chance to further solidify its first place standing and actually this time to lock it up, but a resurgent Tigres had other ideas, playing themselves into playoff position for now-and possibly into a playoff rematch with the visitors today-with a 2-0 win. Jesus Duenas got the Tigres scoring started in the 11th minute, then Lucas Zelarayan & Anselmo Junior put the game well out of reach with goals just before halftime. Yes, Anselmo Junior stopped racking up Amarillas long enough to get his first goal in over a year-he last scored in the Clausura 2016. Speaking of which, that was what was surprisingly missing from the game-cards. None at all. With the win, Tigres moves into the 8th playoff spot for now. Tijuana stays in 1st but could fall as low as 6th before it’s over.

Game Stats:
Goals-Jesus Duenas (Tigres, 11′, 3rd of tournament), Lucas Zelarayan (Tigres, 41′, 3rd of tournament), Anselmo Junior (Tigres, 43′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Tijuana 1
Corner kicks-Tigres 10, Tijuana 4

Venue: Estadio Universitario, San Nicolas de la Garza, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: 41,217 (99% capacity)

Next up:
Tigres-at Queretaro (5/6)
Tijuana-Veracruz (5/5)