It took Omar Bravo less than three minutes to put Atlas FC on the board in the 1-0 victory over Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente at the Jalisco stadium to close Saturday action of the Clausura 2013 of La Liga MX. The victory puts Atlas in second place on the league table moving them far away from relegation.
Bravo scored in his typical style. He received a pass from Isaac Brizuela and took it into the area. With the ball under his control the striker set up his play and beat goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo who came off his line. Bravo faked and kicked the ball between Saucedo’s legs for the lone goal of the game.
With the lead secured Atlas decided to play a counter strike game against the current La Liga MX champions. The Guadalajara-based team put up a strong defense to keep a disorganized Xolos from coming close to breaking the net.
Chilean Miguel Pinto was also a factor for Atlas. The keeper was on mark stopping Colombian Duvier Riascos, the pointer Coach Antonio Mohamed had up front. Pinto, plus the bad luck Xolos were having hitting the woodwork several times, benefited Atlas in the end.
“You win with goals, and Atlas scored the goal,” Mohamed said after the game. “We didn’t have the capability to convert. Unfortunately we committed an error in the beginning and then we weren’t sure on our shots.”
Any chance of a comeback in the final minutes of play went away for Xolos after the referee sent off defender Joshua Abrego in the 85th and Ecuadorian Fidel Martinez in the 88th. Both players will miss the next game against Queretaro FC in week 10 action.
The zorros end week 10 in second place and within reach of a playoff spot. Atlas travels to the Bombonera to face Toluca FC next week. Before that the rojinegros will face Cruz Azul in fixture 3 game 2 of the Copa MX.
Xolos also has a busy schedule but their games are at home. The Aztec dogs will host 2012 FIFA Clubs World Cup champion SC Corinthians on Wednesday in Copa Libertadores action. Tijuana is currently doing well in the South American competition. They have won their two games so far, including beating Millonarios FC in Colombia. Then the Aztec dogs will host Queretaro FC which has not lost in their last four La Liga MX games.
Written by Jose Lopez
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Photo credit: Club Tijuana