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Atlas temporarily moved to third in the table on Friday with a 2-1 comeback win against Xolos de Tijuana at the Estadio Caliente.
Daniel Guzman’s men took the lead on the stroke of half-time through U.S. international Greg Garza, but second-half goals from Martin Barragan and Luis Nery Caballero sealed the three points for Atlas, who have not lost a game in their last five league encounters.
On the other hand, with the defeat, Xolos have failed to record a victory in their last six games and sit in a precarious position in the table as they may miss out on a top-eight finish.
Xolos had more of the possession in the first-half and gave more than one warning before scoring.
In the 36th minute, an error from Juan Pablo Rodriguez almost proved costly for the visitors. While trying to clear the ball from his own box, the Atlas midfielder gifted the ball to Dayro Moreno, who fired hist shot into the crossbar.
The hosts continued to take the initiative. Eight minutes later, Alfredo Moreno found himself with space to shoot, but could only find the crossbar for the second-time in the game.
The goal finally arrived seconds before the break. Dayro Moreno dribbled his way through the right-hand side before finding Greg Garza. The USMNT player could not miss as he fired into an empty net to put the hosts ahead.
But in the second half, it was Atlas who would score next. Martin Barragan took advantage of some laxed defending and placed his shot beyond Cirilo Saucedo to equalize.
The hosts had their best opportunity to take the lead after Dayro Moreno put through Greg Garza, but the United States defender failed to make the best from his effort.
Xolos paid the price as Luis Nery Caballero grabbed the winner for Tomas Boy’s men in the 71st minute.
Daniel Alvarez, who has been one of the Liga MX’s best young prospects this season, found Caballero at the edge of the box. The Paraguayan lashed his shot into the corner of the net to give the visitors the lead.
The final minuets were end-to-end as Tijuana pushed forward for an equalizer, but at the final whistle, Atlas held on to an important three points.