Atlas took the lead but couldn’t hold it, with Toluca scoring a late equalizer to make it 1-1. The Rojinegros played the entire second half with 10 men after Javier Salas earned the first red card of the Apertura 2016 season, but they still came within six minutes of winning the game.
Atlas started the game off better, controlling the ball and mounting dangerous attacks down the wings. Their first good chance came through Jefferson Duque, but Miguel Centeno did well to make the save.
Martin Barragán also had a good look for Atlas, but he couldn’t take advantage of the long pass from Rafa Márquez.
On the stroke of halftime, Javier Salas saw red for his tackle on Antonio Ríos, but even with an extra man Toluca failed to create much of anything going forward.
Instead, the 10-man Rojinegros took the lead in the 54th minute. Luis Reyes sent a good cross in from the left and that time Barragán made no mistake with his attempt as he sent his header into the back of the net to make it 1-0.
With Toluca managing just three shots throughout the game, it looked like that slim lead would hold. But the Diablos Rojos finally began to look dangerous in the waning moments, and in the 84th minute, Enrique Triverio tied the match 1-1 with a header of his own.
With the 1-1 draw, Atlas and Toluca both reach one point.
Atlas: Óscar Ustari, José Madueña, Rafael Márquez, Leiton Jiménez, Jaine Barreiro, Luis Reyes, Javier Salas, Bryan Garnica (Gaddi Aguirre 65′), Daniel Álvarez (Flavio Santos 89′), Martín Barragán, Jefferson Duque.
Toluca: Miguel Centeno, Gerardo Flores (Darío Bottinelli 81′), Aarón Galindo, Osvaldo González, Erbin Trejo (Ernesto Vega 55′), Antonio Ríos, Moisés Velasco (Edy Brambila 70′), Carlos Esquivel, Antonio Matías, Jorge Sartiaguin, Enrique Triverio.