Atlas gained some ground in the Tabla de Cociente with a 2-0 victory against Veracruz. The result puts the Rojinegros two points ahead of the Tiburones Rojos in the relegation standings, and they have a game in hand as well.
The visitors, who were looking to move out of last place in the Tabla de Cociente, started the game better. In the 10th minute, the Tiburones came within inches of opening the scoring when they hit the crossbar following a corner kick; the ball then rebounded off Juan Pablo Vigón and nearly ended up in the net.
Atlas began to respond and they had a good chance near the end of the half, but Matías Alustiza couldn’t quite get on the end of a through ball. Most of the first-half chances were more half-chances than anything, and it was still 0-0 at halftime.
The hosts made two changes to start the second half, and they soon began to look more threatening in attack. Ten minutes into the second stanza, they took the lead. José Madueña got forward and sent the ball in for Milton Caraglio, who headed it home to make it 1-0.
Veracruz began pushing immediately for an equalizer, and they began to control possession. However, they were unable to do much with it.
Instead, in the 79th minute, Atlas sealed the victory. A deflected cross sent Melitón Hernández scrambling; the ball hit the crossbar and rebounded back into the box where Caraglio finished it off at the far post.
With the 2-0 win, Atlas reaches 13 points while Veracruz still has 13.
Atlas: Óscar Ustari, José Madueña, Daniel Arreola, Facundo Erpen, Luis Reyes, Luis Robles (Ravel Morrison 45′), Uvaldo Lunca, Javier Salas (Bryan Garnica 45′), Juan Pablo Vigón, Matías Alustiza (Fidel Martínez 51′), Milton Caraglio.
Veracruz: Édgar Melitón Hernández, Jesús Paganoni, Kristian Álvarez, Lucas Rodríguez, José Rivas, Luis Martínez, Adrián Luna, Christian Valdez (Édgar Andrade 65′), Daniel Villalva (Leandro Díaz 76′), Cristian Menéndez, Martín Bravo (Rafael Acosta 58′).