Atlas climbed into the playoff places – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – with a 2-0 victory against Querétaro. The result ends the Rojinegros’ three-game winless streak, while the Gallos Blancos have now lost two in a row and are winless in four.
Atlas started the game off better and got forward into the attack, although shots by Osvaldo Martínez and Jairo Torres were more hopeful than dangerous. It ended up being an own-goal that gave the hosts the lead, with the unfortunate Alexis Pérez trying to clear a cross and instead sending it into his own net to make it 1-0 for Atlas.
Querétaro looked for a reaction and Clifford Aboagye had a pair of shots before halftime, but neither came to anything.
In the second half, Atlas quickly added to their lead with Facundo Barceló heading home a cross from Mauricio Cuero in the 49th minute to make it 2-0.
The Rojinegros could have had a third, but their would-be goal was disallowed for a foul in the buildup.
Querétaro showed little likelihood of reducing the deficit, and they ultimately couldn’t even score from the penalty spot. In stoppage time, Hugo Nervo was called for a handball in the box; Ayron del Valle stepped up to take the ensuing penalty, but Camilo Vargas made the save to preserve the shutout.
With the 2-0 win, Atlas reaches 17 points while Querétaro still has 18.