Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Atlas and Pachuca played out a 0-0 draw. The result ends a two-game winning streak for the Tuzos, but keeps them unbeaten in four, while the Rojinegros are winless in three but unbeaten in four after a string of draws.
Pachuca, looking to strengthen their position in the playoff fight, came out attacking and had the first chance of the game in just the 3rd minute when Franco Jara tried his luck from outside the box. But José Hernández was alert to the danger and sent the ball out for a corner kick.
Atlas had a response in the 15th minute, when Alfonso Blanco was forced into a pair of saves in quick succession as Pachuca struggled – but eventually managed – to clear their lines.
After that, the pace of the game slowed down, with fewer opportunities at either end to trouble the keepers, until the final stages of the half. In the 37th minute, Jara had another chance go begging; then, in the 39th, Jefferson Duque thought he had given Atlas the lead, only for the would-be goal to be disallowed for offside.
The second half started out slowly, with the game bogging down in midfield. Neither team could dominate or create many goal-scoring chances of note. Despite that, both coaches waited until late to turn to their benches, with Pachuca not making a sub till the 75th minute and Atlas waiting until the 82nd.
Those late changes had no impact on the game, where time ran out on an uninspiring goalless draw.
With the 0-0 draw, Atlas reaches 11 points while Pachuca reaches 23.
Atlas: José Hernández, Leiton Jiménez, Omar González, Cristian Calderón, Ismael Govea, Juan Pablo Vigón, Clifford Aboagye, Ulises Cardona (José Ávila 82′), Ían Torres (Edyairth Ortega 84′), Lorenzo Reyes, Jefferson Duque.
Pachuca: Alfonso Blanco, Emmanuel García, Joaquín Martínez, Óscar Murillo, Alexis Peña, Víctor Guzmán, Erick Aguirre, Jorge Hernández, Pablo López (Francisco Figueroa 75′), Franco Jara (José Ulloa 75′), Sebastián Palacios (Ángelo Sagal 80′).