Both teams had the lead at one time or another, but in the end – after Tijuana picked up three red cards to finish the game with just 8 players – Atlas scored a stoppage-time equalizer to tie the game 2-2. The result keeps the Xolos and the Rojinegros both unbeaten in three.
Tijuana had looked the better team to start the game, but it was Atlas who took the lead towards the end of the first half. Gibrán Lajud came off his line but didn’t get to a cross, allowing Facundo Barceló to head it into the empty net. 0-1.
Tijuana pushed forward in search of an equalizer, and in the waning moments of the half they won a penalty kick. Leonel Miranda stepped up to take it and he converted it to make it 1-1 in first-half stoppage time.
Then, in the second half, the Xolos came back to take the lead. In the 70th minute, Ariel Nahuelpán hit the post with his shot from outside the box, but Camilo Sanvezzo was there to put away the rebound and make it 2-1 for the hosts.
But the game quickly started to go off the rails for Tijuana. In the 72nd minute, Nahuelpán was sent off for a kick on Ismael Govea, leaving the Xolos to protect their lead with a numerical disadvantage.
And the uneven numbers would only grow. In the 91st minute, after VAR review, Kevin Balanta was sent off for stepping on Lorenzo Reyes; then, in the 94th, Sanvezzo earned his second yellow card of the game and his marching orders for kicking the ball away to waste time.
There were mere moments left in the game, but with an 11-vs-8 advantage, Atlas was able to make those moments count. In the 97th minute, Manuel Balda scored from distance to tie it up 2-2.
With the 2-2 draw, Tijuana and Atlas both reach 18 points.