Atlas finally earned their first victory of the Apertura 2018 with a 2-0 win against 10-man Toluca. The result snaps a six-game losing streak for the Rojinegros, while the Diablos Rojos saw their three-game winning streak halted.
With Atlas’s supporters’ groups absenting themselves from the stadium in protest, the pressure on the hosts to find their first victory of the season was higher than ever. Toluca looked the stronger team and created a few notable goal-scoring chances, but José Hernández made the necessary saves to keep the game goalless.
Then, in the 31st minute, the Rojinegros took the lead. Atlas won a free kick, Luis García came off his line but missed the ball, and Jefferson Duque headed the hosts ahead as he scored Atlas’s first home goal of the season.
Falling behind against the worst team in the league was a blow to Toluca’s confidence, and the visitors began to miss passes and fall out of sync, while Atlas looked to hold on to their rare lead.
The night took a turn for the worse for Toluca in the second half, when Rubens Sambueza was ejected in the 57th minute for insulting the referee.
With the visitors in disarray, Atlas looked to seal the victory. Clifford Aboagye entered the game in the 76th minute and immediately made an impact as he sent a cross in for Ulises Cardona, whose first-time attempt made it 2-0 for the hosts in the 78th minute.
Toluca was unable to fight back and an ecstatic Atlas side was finally able to celebrate their first win of the season.
With the 2-0 win, Atlas reaches five points while Toluca still has 19.
Atlas: José Hernández, Leiton Jiménez, Omar González, Cristian Calderón, Ismael Govea, Andrés Andrade (Clifford Aboagye 76′), Ulises Cardona, Brayan Garnica (Juan Pablo Vigón 65′), Ían Torres, Lorenzo Reyes (Ricardo Álvarez 85′), Jefferson Duque.
Toluca: Luis García, Omar Tobio, Santiago García, Cristian Borja (Marcelo Cabrera 89′), Rodrido Salinas, William da Silva (Adolfo Domínguez 82′), Rubens Sambueza, Antonio Ríos, Luis Mendoza (Amaury Escoto 63′), Ernesto Vega, Alexis Canelo.