A stoppage-time penalty kick gave Tigres UANL the 0-1 away win against Atlas on Friday night. The result keeps the universitarios unbeaten on the road and lifts them into first place – pending the rest of this weekend’s games – while the Rojinegros have now lost three in a row.
Atlas came out attacking as they looked to halt their poor run of form. In the 8th minute, Nahuel Guzmán gave up a rebound that Juan Pablo Vigón pounced on, but his shot went over the bar. Facundo Barceló then had a chance from a header, but he couldn’t find the target.
Tigres matched Atlas’s intensity, with Andre-Pierre Gignac the main source of chances for the visitors, but he was closely marked and unable to do much with the constant service.
In the second half, Atlas continued to find chances through Barceló and Irving Zurita, but the score stubbornly remained 0-0. The hosts couldn’t get past Nahuel Guzmán.
Tigres had a good chance from a corner kick, but Guido Pizarro sent his header just wide. Then a combination between Eduardo Vargas, Luis Quiñones, and Gignac looked dangerous, only for José Hernández to make the save.
The game looked destined to end in a goalless draw right up until stoppage time, when referee Eduardo Galván Basulto called a penalty in favor of Tigres. Gignac stepped up to take it, and he converted it to give Tigres the 1-0 win with his 100th goal in Liga MX.
With the 1-0 win, Tigres reach 19 points while Atlas still has 10.
Atlas: José Hernández, Jorge Segura, Omar González, Ismael Govea, Irving Zurita, Juan Pablo Vigón, Clifford Aboagye (Hernán Dario Burbano 85′), Osvaldo Martínez, Esteban Carvajal, Jesús Isijara, Facundo Barceló.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Carlos Salcedo, Hugo Ayala, Francisco Venegas, Rafael Carioca (Jesús Dueñas 65′), Guido Pizarro, Javier Aquino, Luis Rodríguez, André-Pierre Gignac, Enner Valencia (Eduardo Vargas 64′), Luis Quiñones.