Atlas took a move toward consecutive Liga MX titles by defeating Pachuca 2- in the to start with leg of the Clausura closing on Thursday.
At house in a packed Estadio Jalisco, Los Rojinegros were carried by goals from Luis Reyes and Julian Quiñones, alongside with critical will save from goalkeeper Camilo Vargas.
Reyes, actively playing in an highly developed midfield purpose alternatively of a common place at still left-back, opened up the scoresheet for Atlas with a correctly-positioned header in the 26th moment. Immediately after distributing the ball out huge to Jose Abella, Reyes rushed up into the 18-garden box and obtained a cross back prior to knocking it into the back again of the web.
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Pachuca, eager to equalize, pushed larger up the pitch but unsuccessful to get nearly anything past Vargas in the 1st 45 minutes.
Chasing a 1- deficit in the begin to the 2nd 50 %, Pachuca continued to examination Vargas and eventually strike the crossbar in the 57th moment soon after a shot from striker Nicolas Ibañez slapped the woodwork. Atlas, unbothered by the close to-goal from Ibañez, steadily started to take in stress and complicated a lot of of the operates ahead from Los Tuzos.
Just when it looked like Pachuca may well have had a opportunity to amount the result, Quiñones caught the exasperated people off-guard with a objective for Atlas in personal injury time. After stealing the ball in the opposition’s remaining 3rd, the Colombian sprinted towards the net and scored to make it 2- by the 93rd minute.
Times later, the Estadio Jalisco erupted at the time referee Marco Antonio Ortiz blew the final whistle.
Vargas, who was selected as the Person of the Match, was not prepared to rejoice the Atlas victory just however.
“We have the benefit soon after the to start with game, [but] this isn’t around, there are 90 minutes remaining,” said the goalkeeper soon after the acquire.
Pachuca supervisor Guillermo Almada wasn’t giving up hope both.
“We are going to engage in at home [in the second leg],” explained Almada. “I am an optimistic guy, a gentleman with faith, surely we can realize the consequence.”
The second leg will be on Sunday, with Pachuca web hosting the match at the Estadio Hidalgo. If the mixture scoreline finishes amount, the match will go to extra time and then penalties if desired.