In a game where both teams led at one point or another – and where VAR was used in Liga MX for the first time – Atlas scored in stoppage time for a 4-3 victory against Veracruz. The result gives the Rojinegros just their second win of the season, while the Tiburones Rojos saw their winless streak grow to six games.
The night started off perfectly for the visitors, who took the lead in just the 2nd minute. Diego Chávez got free on the right, got past Leiton Jiménez, and cut the ball back from the end line for Cristian Menéndez, who finished it off to make it 0-1 for Veracruz.
Atlas immediately began looking for a response and in the 10th minute they had a penalty shout. The incident went to VAR and after seeing the replays, referee Adonai Escobedo pointed to the spot. Jefferson Duque stepped up to take the penalty, but Pedro Gallese made the save to keep it 0-1.
But in the next play, defender Luis Caicedo committed a foul in the box and Escobedo once again pointed to the spot. This time Andrés Andrade stepped up, and he converted his attempt to make it 1-1 in the 15th minute.
In the 31st minute, VAR came into play again, this time at the other end, after a possible handball by Atlas following a corner kick. Escobedo called the handball and awarded Veracruz a penalty, which Bryan Carrasco took and converted to make it 1-2 for the Tiburones.
But Atlas tied it up again before halftime. In the 40th minute, Ricardo Álvarez sent in a good cross from the right and Duque headed it home to make it 2-2.
In the second half, life got more complicated for Veracruz as Jesús Paganoni was sent off with his second yellow in the 62nd minute, leaving the visitors with just 10 men. It didn’t take long for Atlas to take advantage, with the hosts making it 3-2 through Juan Pablo Vigón in the 65th minute.
Despite being a man down, Veracruz still managed to tie the game. In the 81st minute, one of Rodrigo Noya’s dangerous long throws was nodded on by Luis Caicedo and then finished off by Cristian Menéndez to make it 3-3.
But in stoppage time, Atlas went ahead once more as Omar González finished off a corner kick to make it 4-3.
With the 4-3 win, Atlas reaches eight points while Veracruz still has nine.
Atlas: José Hernández, Leiton Jiménez, Omar González, Heriberto Olvera (Cristian Calderón 85′), Ismael Govea, Juan Pablo Vigón, Andrés Andrade, Clifford Aboagye (Raúl Rivero 66′), Ricardo Álvarez (Brayan Garnica 72′), Lorenzo Reyes, Jefferson Duque.
Veracruz: Pedro Gallese, Luis Caicedo, Osmar Mares, José Arturo Rivas, Jesús Paganoni, Wilder Cartagena (Rodrigo Noya 79′), José Ruíz (Luis Noriega 70′), Adrián Luna (Jefferson Murillo 70′), Diego Chávez, Bryan Carrasco, Cristian Menéndez.