Atlas snapped a three-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory against 10-man Puebla. The result gave the Rojinegros just their second win of the season, ending a five-game winless run, while the Poblanos saw their four-game unbeaten streak halted.
Although Atlas remains at the foot of the table, their victory opens up an 11-point gap between themselves and Veracruz in the relegation standings with just 18 points left to play for.
There was little of note in the first half, with both teams struggling to put their stamp on the game. The most interesting events occurred in the 17th and 41st minutes, when the unfortunate referee, Fernando Guerro, was struck by the ball.
The second half was a different story. Just 35 seconds after the restart, Atlas took the lead when Milton Caraglio headed home a cross from Brayan Garnica to make it 1-0.
The night then took a turn for the worse for Puebla when Anderson Santamaría was sent off in the 57th minute, leaving the visitors to look for a comeback while playing down a man.
But despite the numerical disadvantage, Puebla played well and had several chances to find an equalizer. They couldn’t quite find the breakthrough, however, and although they made Atlas sweat they were unable to deny the Rojinegros the victory.
With the 1-0 win, Atlas reaches seven points while Puebla still has 17.
Atlas: Miguel Ángel Fraga, Jaine Barreiro, Leiton Jiménez, Rafael Márquez (Ismael Govea 46′), Daniel Arreola, Bryan Garnica (Ángel Hernández 90′), Luis Robles, Juan Pablo Vigón, Serge Njoh (Ravel Morrison 46′), Milton Caraglio, Clifford Aboagye.
Puebla: Moisés Muñoz, Luis Venegas, Diego Cruz, Alonso Zamora, Anderson Santamaría, Hugo Isaác Rodríguez, Christian Marrugo (Alonso Escoboza 67′), Omar Fernández (Christian Tabó 52′), José Daniel Guerrero, Francisco Torres (Francisco Acuña 52′), Lucas Cavallini.