Atlas took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Tigres UANL came back for a 3-1 win. The result keeps the Rojinegros winless this season, although they have now at least managed to get on the scoresheet, while the universitarios extended their unbeaten streak to three games.
The night started off perfectly for the visitors, who snapped their season-long scoreless streak in just the 2nd minute. Andrés Andrade received the ball in midfield, beat Jesús Dueñas, Jorge Torres Nilo, and Hugo Ayala, and then sent his low shot between Nahuel Guzmán’s legs to make it 0-1 for Atlas.
Tigres immediately began to look for a response and they created a number of opportunities. Lucas Zelarayán came close with a free kick while André-Pierre Gignac had a pair of chances that needed a better final touch.
But despite the pressure from UANL, Atlas was able to hold on to their lead through halftime.
In the second half, Tigres continued to press while Atlas continued to sit back and defend. Substitute Enner Valencia came close in the 63rd minute with a shot towards the left corner, but José Hernández made the save.
But in the 67th minute, Tigres made their chances count as Jorge Torres Nilo headed home a corner kick to tie the game 1-1.
Another set piece allowed Tigres to complete the comeback in the 74th minute. Guido Pizarro got on the end of another corner kick and sent the ball towards the far post, where Gignac applied the final touch to make it 2-1.
Atlas was unable to muster a response and instead the universitarios put the game completely out of reach in the 85th minute, when Rafael Durán – who had entered the game just moments earlier – sent in a cross for Valencia, who made it 3-1.
With the 3-1 win, Tigres reach 13 points while Atlas still has two.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Hugo Ayala, Jorge Torres Nilo, Rafael Carioca (Enner Valencia 61′), Lucas Zelarayán, Guido Pizarro, Luis Rodríguez, Jesús Dueñas, Eduardo Vargas (Rafael Durán 84′), André-Pierre Gignac, Julián Quiñones.
Atlas: José Hernández, Gaddi Aguirre, Omar González, Cristian Calderón, Ismael Govea, Juan Pablo Vigón, Andrés Andrade, Ulises Cardona (Christopher Trejo 83′), Ían Torres (Edyairth Ortega 74′), Lorenzo Reyes, Jefferson Duque (Alejandro Díaz 61′).