WATCH: Mexican team let two goals get scored on them in protest for unpaid wages
The Mexican first division game between Club Deportivo Veracruz and Tigres UANL almost didn't happen.
All this week, speculation on if the game would even take place was rampant due to the news that Veracruz players were not getting paid. The game ended up happening. Fans (the few that were) entered the stadium like normal, but when the whistle blew, that's when things got weird.
The Veracruz players stood motionless for over three minutes with the bench cleared as the subs stood in solidarity on the sidelines. The Tigres players didn't move at first either, but almost two minutes into the protest, Tigres started scoring. No effort was put forth from Veracruz players as two Tigres goals quickly found the back of the net.
Eduardo Vargas lauched a curler from deep in the second minute and later French star Andre-Pierre Gignac scored one from deeper after Vargas brought the ball back instead of scoring himself. After about five minutes, the Veracruz players started moving again but constantly fouling, barely attempting to play the ball. Vargas scored again in the eighth minute to make it 3-0 to Tigres, although it's still unclear whether Veracruz was actually playing yet.
After the third goal, however, the game went on like normal but with visibly more friction between the teams. Tigres' Jesus Dueñas recieved a red card in the 26th minute after stepping on Daniel Villalva's ankle.
In the end, Veracruz got a goal back from former Turkey international Colin Kazim-Richards in the 90th minute to end the match 3-1 in favor of Tigres.
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