Atlas missed a penalty and América made one as the Águilas picked up a 0-1 win despite finishing the game with just 10 men. The loss is a second straight one for the Rojinegros, while América has now won three in a row.
Atlas players all wore “Márquez 4” jerseys in the pregame ceremonies in a show of support for their captain, Rafa Márquez, who has been sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury for alleged drug trafficking ties. Márquez has categorically denied the accusations and Atlas has given him a leave of absence while he deals with the situation.
On the field, the visiting América started the game off better and were soon creating chances. In the 8th minute, Cecilio Domínguez had a good chance when he got free on the left, but Miguel Ángel Fraga made the save and Carlos Darwin Quintero couldn’t finish off the rebound.
Then, in the 19th minute, Guido Rodríguez met a corner kick but once again the goalkeeper made the save, with Fraga doing well to keep the visitors off the board.
Atlas made two halftime substitutions and they began to have more possession in the second half. Then, in the 68th minute, they had a golden opportunity to take the lead. Bruno Valdéz was called for a foul on Matías Alustiza inside the box, which earned the defender a red card and gave the Rojinegros a penalty kick. But Agustín Marchesín saved the attempt by Milton Caraglio and Miguel Ángel Samudio swept the rebound out of play to keep it 0-0.
Despite playing with an extra man, Atlas didn’t create many clear-cut scoring opportunities. As time wore on, the game looked destined to end in a goalless draw – and then, in stoppage time, América earned a penalty kick of their own.
Daniel Arreola was called for a foul on Edson Álvarez in the box and Oribe Peralta stepped up to take the penalty. He sent his attempt low to the near post to give América the 0-1 lead in the 93rd minute.
With the 0-1 win, América reaches nine points while Atlas still has six.
Atlas: Miguel Ángel Fraga, José Madueña, Daniel Arreola, Jaine Barreiro, Cristian González (Luis Reyes 45′), Bryan Garnica, Javier Salas (Christian Tabó 45′), Juan Pablo Vigón, Clifford Aboagye (Luis Robles 86′), Milton Caraglio, Matías Alustiza.
América: Agustín Marchesín, Miguel Ángel Samudio, Paul Aguilar, Bruno Valdéz, Pablo Aguilar, Carlos Darwin Quintero (Manuel Pérez 86′), Guido Rodríguez, Edson Álvarez, Cecilio Domínguez (Renato Ibarra 63′), Silvio Romero (Carlos Vargas 72′), Oribe Peralta.