A late goal gave Atlas a 0-1 road victory against Veracruz on Friday night. The result keeps the Tiburones Rojos winless in the Clausura and rooted to the foot of the table, while the Rojinegros have picked up back-to-back victories.
Veracruz had the better of the run of play in the first half, but their anemic offense couldn’t find the breakthrough; the Tiburones have been shut out in 10 of their 13 league games this season. Cristian Menéndez came closest with his 12th minute effort, but Anderson Santamaría cleared it away.
They had another notable chance shortly before halftime, when Bryan Carrasco sent his right-footed shot just wide of goal in the 38th minute, but neither keeper had much to do in the first half.
In the second, Jefferson Murillo thought he had the breakthrough for Veracruz, but his would-be goal was disallowed for offside to keep the game tied 0-0.
After that, Atlas began to show more signs of life. Juan Pablo Vigón tested Sebastián Jurado twice, but both times the keeper was up to the task.
Just when it seemed like a goalless draw was inevitable, the visitors took the lead. In the 88th minute, Hernán Burbano sent a cross into the box that Jefferson Duque nodded on to Vigón. He played the ball back for Jairo Torres, who finished it off to make it 0-1 at the death.
With the 0-1 win, Atlas reaches 16 points while Veracruz still has four.
Veracruz: Sebastián Jurado, Carlos Salcido, Lampos Kontogiannis, Jefferson Murillo (Yeison Guerrero 72′), Jesús Paganoni, Edson García, Carlos Gutiérrez, Sebastián Rodríguez, Rodrigo López (Diego Chávez 64′), Bryan Carrasco (Colin Kazim-Richards 64′), Cristian Menéndez.
Atlas: José Hernández, Jorge Segura, Anderson Santamaría, Ismael Govea, Jesús Gómez, Édgar Zaldivar, Juan Pablo Vigón, Andrés Andrade (Hernán Darío Burbano 74′), Osvaldo Martínez, Jesús Isijara (Ían Jairo Torres 59′), Facundo Barceló (Jefferson Duque 76′).