Atlas illustrated their potential title challenging credentials with a deserved 2-0 away win over Morelia in the Estadio Morelos. A stunning, long range, Enrique Esqueda strike and a injury time, Edy Brambila goal gave Atlas victory and continued their promising start to the campaign. Later, in Torreón, Santos Laguna came from a goal down to salvage a draw against Cruz Azul. Mauro Formica had given La Máquina an early lead but a second half header from Colombian, Andrés Rentería pulled Santos level.
Morelia 0 – 2 Atlas
Atlas had not won in the Estadio Morelos since 1982 but enjoyed a long awaited victory last night over Morelia. Given the signings that Los Rojinegros have made a title challenge is a realistic target and perhaps the fear of relegation will be allayed.
After a first half in which it was the home side who fashioned the better chances, it took a moment of brilliance to break the deadlock and give Atlas the lead. Enrique Esqueda controlled the ball 40 yards from goal and unleashed a vicious drive that flew past Carlos Rodríguez, leaving the 25-year-old keep no chance.
Morelia were unable to find an equaliser and in stoppage time, Edy Brambila shifted the ball onto his left foot to rifle in a second and decisive goal.
Santos Laguna 1 – 1 Cruz Azul
Cruz Azul’s less than auspicious start to the Apertura continued last night in Torreón, as Santos Laguna came from behind to take a deserved point.
Argentine, Mauro Formica gave La Máquina the lead in the 14th minute when his run into the box went relatively unchallenged and Formica was able to poke the ball around Oswaldo Sánchez before rolling the ball into the net.
Santos should perhaps have had the chance to equalise earlier when Jesús Corona upended Darwin Quintero but any penalty appeals were waved away. Eventually, in the 69th minute, Santos did find themselves level as Andrés Rentería scored his second goal of the season. Darwin Quintero’s clipped cross managed to find it’s way to Rentería at the back post and his header back across Corona’s goal went in off the foot of the post.
The home side improved after the goal as both sides looked to counter but neither could find a winning goal.