In a matchup of teams near the bottom of the playoff picture right now, Atlas vs. Santos served as the latest example of how nobody wants to untighten the tight playoff race, as both decided to forego a chance to move up the ranks and instead to play to a 1-1 tie. Walter Sandoval put Santos ahead in the 6th minute and it looked like it might hold up, but Fidel Martinez evened it up in the 80th minute and that’s how it ended. The tie keeps both teams near the bottom of the playoff picture but within striking distance of the top 4, and given their standings in the demotion race going into next year shape up the points Atlas is getting now could be huge to staying in the top tier.
Goals-Walter Sandoal (Santos, 6′, 1st of tournament), Fidel Martinez (Atlas, 80′, 3rd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Santos 4, Atlas 1
Corner kicks-Atlas 2, Santos 2
Amarillas-Santos 2 (Nestor Araujo, 85′, Jorge Tavares, 86′), Atlas 1 (Luis Reyes, 55′)
Venue: Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco
Attendance: 33,522 (62% capacity)