Atlas booked their spot in the playoffs with a 1-2 away victory against América on Saturday night. The result extends the Rojinegros’ unbeaten streak to six games, while the Águilas have now lost two in a row, as well as losing their season-long unbeaten streak in the Azteca.
The visitors opened the scoring very early, with Leiton Jiménez getting around Edson Álvarez and heading home a corner kick in just the third minute. That marked the first time this season that América had allowed a goal at home.
Unused to being behind in the Azteca, América was slow to react to Atlas’s early lead. In the 15th minute, the visitors struck on the counter-attack to make it 0-2, with Matías Alustiza beating Agustín Marchesín low to the near post to put the Rojinegros comfortably in front.
América had a chance to reduce the deficit shortly before halftime, but Miguel Samudio sent his shot directly into Miguel Fraga in the 43rd minute.
In the second half, América pressed forward with more intent while Atlas opted to settle in and protect the lead.
And protect it they did. It wasn’t until the 85th minute that América was able to pull a goal back, with Oribe Peralta making it 1-2, but it was too little, too late for the Águilas.
With the 1-2 win, Atlas reaches 26 points while América still has 24.
América: Agustín Marchesín, Paul Aguilar, Bruno Valdez, Miguel Ángel Samudio, Edson Álvarez, José Daniel Guerrero (Ricardo Marín 70′), Osmar Mares (Carlos Darwin Quintero 45′), Michael Arroyo, William da Silva, Oribe Peralta, Silvio Romero (Diego Lainez 61′).
Atlas: Miguel Ángel Fraga, Luis Reyes, José Madueña, Jaine Barreiro, Leiton Jiménez, Luis Robles, Javier Salas, Bryan Garnica, Daniel Álvarez (Christian Tabó 49′), Matías Alustiza (Jahir Barraza 88′), Martín Barragán (Édgar Zaldívar 75′).