Necaxa snapped a four-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory against Atlas. The result leaves the Rojinegros winless in five and extends their road losing streak to three games. Of even more concern for Atlas: the loss drops them into last place in the Tabla de Cociente, pending Veracruz’s game on Sunday.
Necaxa came out looking to make their home-field advantage count and they created chances from the opening whistle. The breakthrough came in the 17th minute, when the unfortunate Facundo Erpen turned the ball into his own net after Miguel Fraga gave up a rebound on a Pablo Velázquez shot. The own-goal made it 1-0 for the Rayos.
But Erpen made up for his mistake ten minutes later when he put the ball into the correct net to make it 1-1 as he finished off a free kick sent in by Matías Alustiza.
In the second half, Necaxa restored their lead. In the 65th minute, substitute Roberto Alvarado received a pass at the top of the box, controlled it, and sent his low shot in off the post to make it 2-1.
Atlas pushed for a second equalizer, but they were unable to break down Necaxa’s defense as the hosts controlled the game and saw out the result.
With the 2-1 win, Necaxa reaches 12 points while Atlas still has seven.
Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero, Brayan Beckeles, Mario de Luna, Igor Lichnovsky, Miguel Ángel Ponce, Xavier Báez, Manuel Iturra (Martín Barragán 58′), Jesús Isijara, Dieter Villalpando, Pablo Velázquez (Roberto Alvarado 58′), Carlos González (Jairo González 81′).
Atlas: Miguel Ángel Fraga, Daniel Arreola, José Madueña, Facundo Erpen, Jaine Barreiro, Luis Robles, Uvaldo Luna (Bryan Garnica 87′), Juan Pablo Vigón (Christian Tabó 59′), Fidel Martínez, Milton Caraglio (Jahir Barraza 75′), Matías Alustiza.