KENYA BROWN - Monday, February 4, 2019
Omar Gonzalez and Atlas continued their winnings ways as they slipped past Morelia while Ventura Alvarado and Necaxa handed a beating to Puebla.
Morelia 1-2 Atlas
Facundo Barcelo scored the game-winner late to guarantee Atlas of all three points in their victory over Morelia at Estadio Generalissimo Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon.
Omar Gonzalez started the game for Atlas and played the full 90 minutes as they continue their revival in the Clausura.
The first half would end scoreless with Morelia having the majority of good chances. One, in particular, came in the 35th minute when Edison Flores' long-range effort came crashing off the bar. It was thought that the ball had crossed the line but replays showed otherwise.
Morelia continued to press for the opening goal, but it would be the visitors that struck first in the 62nd minute. Jesus Isijara ran onto a back-heeled pass from teammate Osvaldo Martinez and fired his shot off the post and into the goal.
With their backs now against the wall, Morelia would finally find the equalizer in the 80th minute when Gaston Lezcano would get his leg onto the ball from an Irven Avila shot to steer it home.
However, the visitors would retake the lead five minutes later when Barcelo collected a pass from teammate Edgar Zaldivar and put his shot past goalkeeper Sebastian Sosa to seal the win.
Atlas now sits in fourth place in the standings with 10 points.
Puebla 1-4 Necaxa
Necaxa went on to score four unanswered goals as they walked away with a resounding win over Puebla at Estadio Cuauhtemoc to keep them in touch with the current league leaders Monterrey.
Ventura Alvarado started the game for Necaxa and played the entire 90 minutes in the team's biggest win so far in the Clausura.
However, the visitors were left shocked as Puebla opened the scoring eight minutes in when a scramble in the area left the ball to Vladimir Lorona who buried it into the back of the net.
From that point on it would be all Necaxa as they went on a tear that left Puebla stunned.
Angel Sepulveda leveled the score in the 13th minute when he ran onto a cross from teammate Carlos Guzman.
Necaxa added their second in the 38th minute when Alexis Pena sent the ball over the top towards Brian Fernandez and the Argentine forward would outrun his marker to slip the ball past goalkeeper Nicolas Vikonis.
Fernandez continued his goalscoring exploits in the second half when he bagged his second on the night in the 49th minute. Eduardo Herrera would chest the ball the ball into the path of the forward as he steered his shot past Vikonis and into the goal.
Facundo Castro rounded out the scoring for Necaxa deep into stoppage time with a shot that Vikonis dived at in vain.
The win puts Necaxa in second place in the standings with 10 points.
In other Liga MX action, Michael Orozco started for Lobos BUAP as they stopped their losing run with a 1-1 tie against Pachuca.
Joe Corona came off the bench for Tijuana as goals in both halves saw them come away with a 2-0 win over Toluca.
William Yarbrough watched from the bench as Leon blanked Cruz Azul in a 2-0 win.
Down in Ascenso MX, Rubio Rubin and Fernando Arce Jr. started for Dorados fell to Cimarrones de Sonora in a 1-0 loss to remain pointless after three games.
Joaquin Hernandez started and scored a goal for Correcaminos UAT as they shared the points with Universidad Guadalajara following a 2-2 tie.
Jose Carrera-Garcia watched from the bench Celaya as they were soundly beaten by Atletico San Luis in a 4-1 loss.