Atlas took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with Necaxa on Tuesday night. The result lifts the Rojinegros out of last place – pending Lobos BUAP’s result – but keeps them winless in two, while the Rayos are now unbeaten in four.
The hosts came out attacking as they looked to end their poor start to the season. Luis Reyes had the first chance of the game in the second minute, but his shot was off target. Atlas looked dangerous early on, but Marcelo Barovero kept them off the board.
Necaxa began to generate chances of their own, with the first notable one coming in the 22nd minute. Roberto Alvarado sent in a cross from the right that Carlos González met, but he sent his attempt over the bar.
In the 35th minute, Brayan Garnica had a good chance to put Atlas ahead but he couldn’t get the necessary power on his shot; minutes later, Robles saw his header go just wide. The game reached halftime still deadlocked 0-0.
In the second half, the Rojinegros took the lead. In the 56th minute, Clifford Aboagye found Milton Caraglio, who sent his shot into the lower left corner to make it 1-0 for Atlas.
The hosts went into a more defensive posture after the goal as they looked to preserve the lead, but to no avail. In the 78th minute, substitute Martín Barragán leveled the game when he finished off a play started by Carlos González to make it 1-1.
Neither team was able to go on to find a second goal in the final stanza as Atlas and Necaxa had to settle for a share of the spoils.
With the 1-1 draw, Atlas reaches four points while Necaxa reaches nine.
Atlas: Cristopher Toselli, Jaine Barreiro, Leiton Jiménez, Rafael Márquez, Daniel Arreola (Edwin Gómez 89′), Luis Reyes, Bryan Garnica (Ravel Morrison 83′), Luis Robles, Milton Caraglio, Clifford Aboagye, Ángelo Henríquez (Juan Pablo Vigón 71′).
Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero, Brayan Beckeles, Igor Lichnovsky, Miguel Ángel Ponce, Mario de Luna, Matías Fernández, Dieter Villalpando, Roberto Alvarado (Gustavo Culma 73′), Víctor Dávila (Martín Barragán 61′), Fernando González (Luis Gallegos 67′), Carlos González.