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Atlas took a big step towards the semifinals of the Liga MX with a 1-0 win against Monterrey. On the other game of the night, Toluca managed to escape Chiapas with a 1-1 draw versus Jaguares.
Monterrey blew the chance to take the early lead in the 20th minute when Humberto Suazo blew a penalty over the bar.
It was another conservative performance by both teams early in the game, a common theme thus-far in this liguilla.
Atlas made Monterrey rue their missed penalty by scoring a stunner in the 34th minute. Luis Caballero pulled the trigger on a long-distance shot for a beautiful goal to put Atlas 1-0
Afterwards, it was a balanced performance by the Atlas midfield, and led by manager Tomas Boy, Atlas left Monterrey with an important 1-0 win.
Monterrey now has the arduous task of scoring at least 2 goals at the Estadio Jalisco to progress to the next round. They were missing Dorlan Pabon today, their leading scorer during the regular season, due to injury, but he is expected to be back for the game on Sunday.
The other game played tonight was between Chiapas and Toluca. Chiapas came back from a losing position to earn a draw against Toluca. It was always going to be one of the tighter affairs between these two.
The first 45 minutes almost ended in a stalemate when Jeronime Amione scored a bicycle kick from a corner to put Toluca 1-0 in the 44th minute.
It wouldn’t be until the 67th minute when Jaguares would get the equalizer. The Jaguares center-back, Mustafa, would send a pass out wide to Andrade. Andrade would run the wing and send a cross into the middle. After a smart Vuoso dummy, Armenteros would score the 1-1.
In the concluding minutes, Jaguares looked like the most dangerous team, and Toluca played the game more conservatively. For Jaguares, a win in Toluca would be enough. Toluca goes through with a win or a draw of less than 2 goals.