Necaxa moved into first place in the table with a 0-2 away win against Atlas. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten in five and extends their road winning streak to five games, while the Rojinegros saw their four-game unbeaten streak halted.
The game startled off slowly, with neither team able to take control or create many chances of note going forward. Necaxa was gifted a chance when Camilo Vargas slipped as he attempted to clear the ball, but Jesús Angulo couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity.
At the other end, Facundo Barceló tried his luck with a shot from outside the box, but Hugo González did well to make the save and keep the game goalless.
Tempers flared in the 54th minute, when Andrés Andrade fouled Juan Delgado and the two players then went literally head-to-head, a confrontation that could have seen them carded, but the referee decided to simply have a stern word with the pair and the game continued 11 vs 11.
The breakthrough finally came in the 73rd minute, when Mauro Quiroga headed home a cross from Kevin Mercado to give Necaxa the 0-1 lead.
The Rayos quickly added to their advantage, with Mercado and Quiroga connecting again in the 76th minute to make it 0-2. That goal went to VAR to check for a possible foul in the build-up, but after review the goal stood to give Necaxa the definitive advantage.
The final minutes of the game were interrupted by a brief stoppage, following the new Liga MX rules to eliminate discriminatory chanting. Fans had been ignoring the announcements over the PA system to stop using the infamous chant, and the referee correctly followed the new protocol by pausing proceedings.
With the 0-2 win, Necaxa reaches 28 points while Atlas still has 21.