Atlas took, lost, and regained the lead as they beat 10-man Tijuana 2-1 in an empty Estadio Jalisco. The game was played behind closed doors as punishment for fans’ homophobic chanting in the Rojinegros’ last home game. The result snaps a two-game losing streak for Atlas, while the Xolos are now winless in three.
Atlas came out looking to get their season back on track in their first game under new coach Rafa Puente, who took over just yesterday. The breakthrough came in the 29th minute, when Luciano Acosta scored a golazo of a free kick to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
They thought they had made it 2-0 in the 49th minute, but the would-be goal was disallowed for a very tight offside call.
Instead, when the next goal came, it was for the visitors. In the 61st minute, Tijuana was awarded a penalty for a controversial handball call, and Camilo Sanvezzo converted the spot kick to tie the game 1-1.
But in the 72nd minute, the Xolos went down to 10 men as Aldo Cruz was sent off for a bad tackle, and with the numerical advantage Atlas began to look better.
In the final minutes, Javier Correa was able to give Atlas all three points as he was played in by Lorenzo Reyes and just beat Manuel Gibrán Lajud to the ball, lifting it over the onrushing keeper to make it 2-1 in the 88th minute.
With the 2-1 win, Atlas reaches six points while Tijuana still has four.