Cruz Azul & Atlas played perhaps the longest & most hard-fought game of the weekend so far, and the two teams continue to go in opposite directions as the hosts continued their surprise early-season surge with a 2-1 home win. Both Cruz Azul goals came very early-Edgar Mendez scored first in the 3rd minute on a header, then Felipe Mora added a 14th-minute goal. But they soon went a man down in the 29th minute as Omar Mendoza was shown a Rojas! HE GONE! 2 quick Amarillas in a 3-minute span got him sent off, the second on a low kick when he went for the ball but badly missed and took out an Atlas player instead. But Atlas could not take advantage, and just 10 minutes later were victimized when Jaine Barreiro got called for a phantom elbow on a mid-air collision and got a Rojas! HE GONE! That left both teams playing 10-aside the rest of the way. This led to a total of 7 minutes of extra time in just the first half.Gustavo Alustiza got Atlas on the board with a 67th-minute goal but they couldn’t get any closer. Cruz Azul continues to be maybe the early surprise of the year so far with an unbeaten mark through the first 5 games, while Atlas has now lost 3 in a row after starting 2-0. While there’s still a lot of games left to play they are also sliding back into being in danger of demotion at the end of the year. And with Cruz Azul fighting to avoid demotion themselves, every point they can get early on will help them too.
Goals-Edgar Mendez (Cruz Azul, 3′, 3rd of tournament), Felipe Mora (Cruz Azul, 14′, 2nd of tournament), Gustavo Alustiza (Atlas, 67′, 4th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Atlas 3, Cruz Azul 2
Amarillas-Cruz Azul 5 (Omar Mendoza 2, 26′, 29′, Adrian Aldrete, 71′, Mora, 74′, Mendez, 90′), Atlas 2 (Daniel Arreola, 45+2′, Juan Vigon, 87′)
Rojas-Cruz Azul 1 (Mendoza, 29′), Atlas 1 (Jaine Barreiro, 39′)
Venue: Estadio Azul, Mexico City
Attendance: 20,186 (61.1% capacity)
Cruz Azul-at Necaxa (8/23)