Jaguares de Chiapas earned a 0-1 victory over Atlas in their final Liga MX game, but it wasn’t enough to keep them in the first division as Monarcas Morelia’s own victory ensured Jaguares’ relegation.
Despite the loss, Atlas’s playoff place was already ensured and the Rojinegros will be in the Liguilla.
Jaguares needed a win and some help to remain in Liga MX, and they came out determined to do their part. They came out attacking and an early goal gave them encouragement, as Christian Bermúdez found the upper corner to make it 0-1 in the 10th minute.
The game turned into a goalkeeping display after that, with both Moisés Muñoz and Óscar Ustari making a number of fine saves. Ustari hurt himself on one of them, with his stop on Luis Leal aggravating a shoulder injury; he was subbed out and replaced by Miguel Ángel Fraga, who picked up where Ustari left off.
Jaguares defended their slim lead valiantly, but in the end it came to naught with Morelia scoring a late winner in their own game to send Chiapas down to Ascenso MX.
With the 0-1 win, Jaguares reach 19 points while Atlas still has 26.
Atlas: Óscar Ustari (Miguel Ángel Fraga 58′), Jaine Barreiro, Luis Reyes, Leiton Jiménez, Cristian González, Daniel Álvarez, Bryan Garnica (Christian Tabó 72′), Luis Robles (Fidel Martínez 45′), Javier Salas, Matías Alustiza, Martín Barragán.
Jaguares: Moisés Muñoz, Juan Patiño, Félix Micolta, Aquivaldo Mosquera, Julio Nava, Brayan Angulo, Christian Bermúdez (José Ruiz 77′), Alsonso Escoboza (Lucas Silva 52′), Dieter Villalpando, Jonathan Fabbro, Luis Leal (Franco Arizala 67′).