Puebla finished the game with 10 men, but that didn’t stop them from earning a 0-1 away win against Atlas. The result gives the Poblanos their first win in their first game of the season (after their Jornada 1 match was rescheduled for February) while the Rojinegros suffered their first loss of the Clausura.
The hosts started the game off stronger, and all of the chances went their way – but they couldn’t convert any of them. Then, against the run of play, Puebla took the lead. Osvaldo Martínez received the ball in the box and chipped it back toward the top of the six-yard box, where Cristian Menéndez made awkward but effective contact, heading the ball in to make it 0-1 in the 31st minute.
The goal came with a price, though, as Menéndez was promptly subbed out with an apparent muscle strain.
The second half was an eventful one, with the referee stopping the game for two minutes in the 60th and another five minutes in the 63rd minutes for discriminatory chanting in the stands. In between those stoppages, Pablo González was sent off with his second yellow card of the night after fouling Jesús Isijara, which left the visitors with just 10 players.
Then, in the 86th minute, a potential penalty in favor of Atlas wasn’t called after Jeraldinho went down in the box; VAR review did not change the decision in the hosts’ favor, which increased the frustrations of the home fans.
The various delays led to an impressive 10 minutes of stoppage time, and it could have been longer as the discriminatory chants returned during it.
In the end, Puebla was able to hold on to their lead and escape the Estadio Jalisco with all three points.
With the 0-1 win, Puebla reaches three points while Atlas still has three.