Atlas took a 3-0 lead and then held on for a 3-2 victory as Santos Laguna’s comeback attempt fell just short. The result is a second straight home win for the Rojinegros, who earned a little breathing room in the relegation fight, while the Laguneros saw their four-game winning streak halted.
Atlas, languishing at the foot of the table, made a number of changes for this game, including the debut of goalkeeper José Hernández. The new faces made an impact, with Edyairth Ortega giving Atlas the lead in the 21st minute with his shot form outside the box.
Santos struggled to react after falling behind, while Atlas kept pressing in search of a second. They found it in the 37th minute, when Milton Caraglio got around his defender and beat Jonathan Orozco to make it 2-0.
Minutes into the second half, Carlos Izquierdoz brought down Brayan Garnica in the box, giving Atlas a penalty kick. Caraglio converted it to give Atlas the 3-0 lead.
Then, in the 50th minute, Santos was left with just 10 men after Osvaldo Martínez picked up his second yellow card of the night. However, despite the circumstances, the visitors began to look dangerous.
In the 68th minute, Julio César Furch headed the ball home to reduce the deficit to 3-1. Just a minute later, Furch scored his second of the night to make it 3-2 and suddenly bring Santos within touching distance.
In the end, however, Atlas were able to hold on to the lead and move out of last place in the table at least temporarily.
With the 3-2 win, Atlas reaches 10 points while Santos still has 26.
Atlas: José Hernández, Jaine Barreiro, Leiton Jiménez, Rafael Márquez, Daniel Arreola, Ismael Govea, Bryan Garnica (Ángelo Henríquez 76′), Edyairth Ortega (Édgar Zaldívar 85′), Ulises Cardona (Jairo Torres 60′), Milton Caraglio, Clifford Aboagye.
Santos: Jonathan Orozco, José Javier Abella, Gerardo Alcoba, Jorge Villafaña, Carlos Izquierdoz, Jesús Isijara (Djaniny Tavares 46′), Osvaldo Martínez, Brian Lozano (Javier Cortés 74′), José Juan Vázquez, Julio César Furch, Jonathan Rodríguez (Edwuin Cetré 65′).