The first half was largely even, with few clear goal-scoring chances for either team. What attempts there were tended to be from distance and little trouble for the goalkeepers.
But just before halftime, Bryan Garnica got free on the right and got past two defenders as he drove towards the end line. He sent in a dangerous cross and the unfortunate Hugo Ayala directed it into his own net to give Atlas the 1-0 lead in the 44th minute.
Tigres made two halftime substitutions as they looked to get back into the game, and the universitarios did have the majority of possession in the second half. However, they were unable to turn that possession into meaningful chances.
Instead, Atlas put the game out of reach in the 70th minute, with Fidel Martínez and Matías Alustiza combining well before “el Chavo” made it 2-0.
Tigres were unable to reduce the deficit, let alone go on to find an equalizer, as the Rojinegros, who were unbeaten in the Estadio Jalisco last season, showed why they are so hard to beat at home.
With the 2-0 win, Atlas reaches three points while Tigres remain on one.
Atlas: Óscar Ustari, José Madueña, Leiton Jiménez, Daniel Arreola, Luis Reyes, Rafael Márquez, Javier Salas, Bryan Garnica, Christian Tabó (Clifford Aboagye 57′), Matías Alustiza (Edson Rivera 81′), Fidel Martínez (Martín Barragán 85′).
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Jorge Estrada (Lucas Zelarayán 46′), Hugo Ayala, Juninho, Jorge Torres Nilo, Guido Pizarro, Jesús Dueñas, Jürgen Damm (Luis Quiñones 71′), Damián Álvarez (Javier Aquino 46′), Ismael Sosa, André-Pierre Gignac.