Atlas vs Pachuca Match Preview
Atlas will continue their role as spoiler and also attempt to drive away from relegation this Saturday when they face Pachuca at home.
Despite a mid-week loss to Tigres, the Tuzos are still very much alive in the playoff race, though a loss in Matchday 15 would very likely push them away for good from the post-season.
Atlas might have to dig down into their famously rich youth systems to fish out a striker to replace the injured Alfredo Moreno, who is doubtful for the game. Pachuca will rely on Argentine Dario Cvitanich, who scored a brace against Tigres in his last game.
Manager Benjamin Galindo has brought with him a breath of fresh air; Atlas have not lost under his guidance. Pachuca come into the match with 16 points, while Atlas have just 12.
Atlas vs Pachuca Match Report
Atlas and Pachuca played to a frenzied first half that produced two goals in the space of four minutes, then cooled off in the second half before Dario Cvitanich gave the visitors three points and a thread of hope in regards to the playoffs.
Alfredo Moreno opened scoring for the home team in the 28th minute, off a fast break that gave Miguel Calero no chance to save. Four minutes later, Damian Manso finished a fantastic collective effort to give the visitors the partial draw going into halftime.
The first two minutes of the second half produced few emotions, until the Argentine Cvitanich looked to nudge his team in front once again - and did so - when he slapped home his team's second, giving them the victory.
Atlas suffered its first loss under manager Benjamin Galindo, while Pachuca reached ninth in the table and are just two points from a spot in the playoffs.