Toluca vs Atlas – Jornada 1 Recap and Highlights

toluca atlasToluca rallied from an early deficit to dispatch Atlas 4-1. The Diablos Rojos were helped by a red card to Atlas, as the 10-men Rojinegros were unable to hold on to their lead.

The game started off perfectly for the visitors, who took the lead before a minute had elapsed. Defender Paulo da Silva tried to cut out a cross but only succeeded in heading the ball into his own net to give Atlas the early 0-1 lead.

However, it didn’t take long for the Diablos Rojos to respond and in the 7th minute they found the equalizer. Fernando Uribe headed home a corner kick to put Toluca back on level footing.

The afternoon soon got worse for Atlas as Luis Robles was given a straight red card for a foul on Pablo Barrientos, leaving the Rojinegros to see out the rest of the game with just ten men.

Although Atlas was able to keep the score level through halftime, Toluca’s offense came to life in the second half.

In the 56th minute, Erbin Trejo met a cross at the back post and although goalkeeper Óscar Ustari clawed the ball away, it had already crossed the line. 2-1.

After taking the lead, Toluca proceeded to run up the score, with Pablo Barrientos adding a brace with goals in the 66th and 88th minutes to make it 4-1.

With the 4-1 win, Toluca reaches three points while Atlas remains on zero.

Highlights

Lineups

Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Osvaldo González, Jordan Silva, Paulo da Silva, Efraín Velarde, Jesús Méndez, Antonio Ríos (Sinha 46′), Pablo Barrientos (Rodrigo Gómez 78′), Rubens Sambueza, Gabriel Hauche (Enrique Triverio 67′), Fernando Uribe.

Atlas: Óscar Ustari, Leiton Jiménez, Rafael Márquez, Luis Reyes, José Madueña, Fidel Martínez, Luis Robles, Daniel Álvarez, Bryan Garnica (Fidel Martínez 62′), Martín Barragán (Ulises Rivera 59′), Matías Alustiza (Rodolfo Salinas 46′). 

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