Atlas took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Pachuca scored a last-minute goal to tie the game 1-1. The draw leaves the Rojinegros waiting on other results to see if they will qualify for the playoffs; Pachuca was out of playoff contention before tonight’s game.
Atlas came out attacking, knowing that a win would put them into the Liguilla. Óscar Pérez was kept busy from the opening whistle as he looked to keep the hosts off the board.
Pachuca struggled to get into the game and were further hampered by the injury and forced substitution of Erick Gutiérrez early on. Although this was the last league game for the Tuzos, they are in the semifinals of the Copa MX and will be playing in the Club World Cup next month, making Gutiérrez’s injury particularly concerning.
Atlas continued to largely control the game, with Pachuca’s few opportunities not resulting in too much of a threat. The breakthrough finally came for Atlas just before halftime, when Rafa Márquez sent the ball into the box for José Madueña, whose header beat “Conejo” Pérez to make it 1-0.
Atlas kept attacking in the second half, and they looked comfortable with the majority of possession. However, although they had chances, with Brayan Garnica in particular looking dangerous, the Rojinegros were unable to add an insurance goal.
Then, in the 90th minute, Pachuca struck. A cross into the box was nodded down for Robert Herrera, who fired past Miguel Fraga to tie the game 1-1 at the death.
With the 1-1 draw, Atlas reaches 25 points while Pachuca reaches 19.
Atlas: Miguel Ángel Fraga, Luis Reyes, Jaine Barreiro, Daniel Arreola, José Madueña, Juan Pablo Vigón (Matías Alustiza 71′), Rafael Márquez, Javier Salas, Bryan Garnica, Christian Tabó, Milton Caraglio.
Pachuca: Óscar Pérez, Emmanuel García, Robert Herrera, Joaquin Martínez, Omar González, Erick Gutiérrez (Erick Sánchez 19′), Keisuke Honda, Víctor Guzmán, Jorge Hernández, Ángelo Sagal (Germán Cano 74′), Roberto de la Rosa (Erick Aguirre 67′).