Veracruz remained perfect at home this season with a 1-0 victory over Atlas. The victory ensures that the Tiburones Rojos will remain out of last place in the relegation standings for at least another week, while the loss keeps the Rojinegros winless on the road in the Clausura.
The first clear chance of the game fell to Atlas in the 16th minute, when Édgar Melitón Hernández gave up a bad rebound from a shot by Fidel Martínez. However, Bryan Garnica was unable to take advantage with his follow-up shot.
Shortly after that, Leobardo López gave his team the lead when he headed home a free kick by Ángel Reyna in the 21st minute. The ball went in off the post to put Veracruz ahead 1-0.
Atlas thought they had the equalizer just two minutes later, but Matías Alustiza’s would-be goal was disallowed for offside.
Atlas made a halftime substitution as they looked for a way back into the game, but they couldn’t find the breakthrough. Hernández looked somewhat shaky in goal for the Tiburones, giving up numerous rebounds and bobbling the ball once or twice, but even so the Rojinegros couldn’t take advantage.
They remained in the running right up until the end, however, because Veracruz was unable to put the game away with a second goal, despite mounting a number of good counterattacks to keep Atlas’s defense honest.
With the 1-0 win, Veracruz reaches six points while Atlas remains on three.
Veracruz: Édgar Melitón Hernández, Marcelo Alatorre, Antonio Briseño, Leobardo López (Jesús Paganoni 80′), Kristian Álvarez, Luis Martínez, Egidio Arévalo, Ángel Reyna, Felipe Flores (Adrián Luna 52′), Martín Bravo (Daniel Villalva 64′), Eduardo Herrera.
Atlas: Óscar Ustari, Leiton Jiménez, Rafael Márquez, Daniel Arreola, Javier Salas, José Madueña (Martín Barragán 73′), Luis Reyes, Bryan Garnica, Fidel Martínez (Clifford Aboagye 46′), Christian Tabó (Edson Rivera 60′), Matías Alustiza.