Monarcas Morelia vs Atlas – Jornada 2 Recap and Highlights

Atlas remained perfect in the Apertura 2019 with a 0-1 away win against Monarcas Morelia. The result gives the michoacanos back-to-back losses to start the season.

Morelia came out attacking as they looked to put last week’s loss behind them and they created a number of chances throughout the first half. One of their best chances came in the 26th minute through Fernando Aristeguieta, but his shot from outside the box went inches wide.

Atlas’s own chances were few and far between. They did get the ball in the back of the net on one of those rare dangerous opportunities, but Javier Correa’s would-be goal was disallowed for offside.

In the final moments of the half, Morelia almost grabbed the lead as Edison Flores sent a cross in for Luis Mendoza, but his volleyed effort was high.

In the second half, Atlas began to look better, although they still did little to trouble Sebastián Sosa in goal. At the other end, Camilo Vargas was put to the test repeatedly and in the 56th minute he made an impressive save to keep out a point-blank header after Atlas failed to deal with a free kick. He kept Morelia off the board again in the 65th minute as he denied Aristeguieta.

Morelia couldn’t put their chances away, though, and when the opening goal finally came it was for Atlas. In the 74th minute, Andrés Andrade played a low ball into the box that Osvaldo Martínez saved on the endline. He sent the ball towards the back post, where an unmarked Jesús Isijara appeared to head it home. 0-1.

Morelia had a golden opportunity to tie the game minutes later when they won a penalty kick in the 79th minute. But Lucas Villafañez saw his spot kick saved by Vargas to keep the game 0-1.

With the 0-1 win, Atlas reaches six points while Morelia still has zero.


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