Veracruz took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Atlas came back for a 1-2 away win. The result extends the Tiburones Rojos’ record-setting league winless streak to 30 games, while the Rojinegros remain perfect on the road in the Apertura.
The game – for once – started off well for Veracruz. In the 10th minute, they earned a corner kick that turned into a goal, with Cristian Menéndez heading the ball home to make it 1-0 with his first goal in 10 months.
The goal shook Atlas, while Veracruz grew in confidence. The Tiburones kept pressing forward as they looked for a second, and on one of those attacking forays, they won a penalty kick. In the 40th minute, Jesús Paganoni was fouled in the box and the referee pointed to the spot.
Colin Kazim-Richards stepped up to take the penalty, and not only did he miss it, but he injured himself on the attempt and had to be stretchered off the field, to be replaced by Diego Chávez.
That changed the tone of the game, and in the second half Atlas mounted a comeback. In the 54th minute, Marcelo Correa ran on to a through ball, easily shepherding defender Luis Galicia aside to get a one-on-one opportunity against Sebastián Jurado; he made no mistake with his finish to tie the game 1-1.
Veracruz had chances to retake the lead, but even when they looked the better side they were missing the final touch.
Then, in the 74th minute, Carlos Gutiérrez was called for a handball in the box and it was Atlas’s turn to step up to the penalty spot. Osvaldo Martínez converted the spot kick to complete the turnaround and give the Rojinegros the 1-2 lead.
With the 1-2 win, Atlas reaches nine points while Veracruz still has one.