Coming off just missing the Apertura 2016 playoffs on the last day, Toluca took the first step towards returning to the playoffs today, although their 4-1 home win over Atlas wasn’t as easy as it looked. In fact, it took only 42 seconds for it to get really bad-Atlas attacked on the opening possessions and on a cross pass defender Paulo Da Silva dived for the ball and used his head…in a very bad way…OWN GOAL! He headed it right past his own goalie! Fortunately for him it didn’t take long for his teammates to bail him out-just 5 minutes later Fernando Uribe headed it the right way for Toluca’s first goal, and in the 26th minute Atlas’ Luis Robles further helped the host’s cause with an all-spike sliding tackle…Rojas! HE GONE! That put Atlas one man down for the last hour-plus. In the second half, Erbin Trejo’s 55th minute goal put Toluca up for good at 2-1, with Pablo Barrientos scoring 10 minutes later and Trejo’s 2nd goal late securing the final margin. Robles’ suspension will be confirmed by the Disciplinary Commission in a couple days barring appeals from Atlas, but TV replays indicate to me that it was a justified call as he clearly spiked the Toluca player in the shin. These losses also won’t help Atlas’ recent efforts to avoid demotion.
Goals-Paulo Da Silva (Toluca, 1′, OWN GOAL), Erbin Trejo (55′, 1st of tournament), Pablo Barrientos (Toluca, 65′, 1st of tournament), Trejo (83′, 2nd of game)
Shots on Goal-Toluca 3
Corner kicks-Toluca 4, Atlas 2
Amarillas-Toluca 2 (Osvaldo Gonzalez, 33′, Jesus Mendez, 73′), Atlas 2 (Jose Maduena, 20′, Rodolfo Salinas, 63′)
Rojas-Luis Robles (Atlas), 26′
Venue; Estadio Universitario Alberto Chivo Cordoba, Toluca
Attendance: 27,194 (83.4% capacity)