Clausura 2017 Round 9 Results: Necaxa 1, Atlas 1

Necaxa’s inexplicable second half slump continued at home this weekend although Atlas may have helped them out a little bit in securing a 1-1 tie. Both goals came after halftime-Atlas scored at the start of the second half on a Gustas Alustiza score, but gave it back in the 69th minute on a Leiton Jimenez OWN GOAL! That’s according to the league website’s live scoring, although TV replays showed the goal being credited to Necaxa’s Claudio Riano, who stuck his foot out ahead next to Jimenez to possibly tap it in, but it was hard to tell if Jimenez inadvertently headed it in. We’ll see if there is additional clarification much like a similar issue from last week’s Pumas-Queretaro game. If Riano is eventually credited with the goal it will be his 4th of the tournament. Atlas remains one of the big surprises this second half, currently in 6th place and only 3 points out of a tight top of the leaderboard, while Necaxa remains ahead of only Leon at the bottom.

Game Stats:
Goals-Gustas Alustiza (Atlas, 45′, 1st of tournament), Leiton Jimenez (Atlas, 69′, OWN GOAL; Also credited to Claudio Riano, Necaxa, if correct his 4th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Atlas 2, Necaxa 1
Corner kicks-Necaxa 6, Atlas 3
Amarillas-Necaxa 3 (Leonel Aguirre, 27′, Brayan Beckeles, 35′, Nicolas Maturana, 72′)

Venue: Estadio Victoria, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes
Attendance: 19,170 (80.8% capacity)

Next up:
Necaxa-at America (3/11)
Atlas-Pumas (3/11)