KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Ventura Alvarado and Necaxa are on the verge of locking down a spot in Liguilla as they came away with a narrow win over Atlas.
Atlas 1-2 Necaxa
Goals from Ruben Gonzalez and Daniel Alvarez did the job as Necaxa were able to hold on for the win over Atlas at Estadio Jalisco to boost their chances of a place in the playoffs.
Ventura Alvarado started for Necaxa and played the entire game while Omar Gonzalez had a spot on the bench for Atlas to watch of the action.
The action was fast and furious in the first half, with Necaxa looking the stronger of the two early on.
And that push for the first goal was finally rewarded for the visitors 16 minutes into the game when Ruben Gonzalez found the back of the net. Rodrigo Contreras pounced on the ball in the area, and with the goalkeeper and defense focused on him, he passed the ball to the wide-open midfielder who steered the ball home.
Necaxa had to wait until the second half to double their lead when Alvarez scored in the 70th minute. The forward collected a pass from Hugo Gonzalez then toyed with his marker with some stepovers before putting his shot past Atlas goalkeeper Jose Hernandez.
Despite holding the lead, Necaxa had to play on with 10 men for the rest of the game when Ruben Gonzalez was sent off.
The sending off gave Atlas somewhat of a spark and they reduced the deficit in the 95th minute with a goal from Anderson Santamaria.
However, it was too little, too late as Necaxa took all three points.
Necaxa sits in fourth place in the standings with 24 points.
In other Liga MX action, Willian Yarbrough watched from the bench as Leon came with a 3-0 win over Puebla.
Down in Ascenso MX, Fernando Arce started while Rubio Rubin came off the bench for Dorados as they shared the spoils with Atletico San Luis following a 2-2 tie.
Joaquin Hernandez started for Correcaminos UAT as they fell to Cimarrones de Sonora in a 2-1 defeat.
Jose Carrera-Garcia came off the bench for Celaya as they settled for a 1-1 tie with Universidad Guadalajara.