Atlas Manage win in Tapatio Derby at Toyota Field

Atlas in possession (Photo: Atlas)

The Tapatio derby came to San Antonio on Wednesday with Atlas running away 2-0 winners over Chivas at Toyota Field in the friendly.

It was some measure of revenge for Atlas, who had fallen to their local rivals in the Liga MX playoffs this season. The match was tight throughout but Atlas managed to hold on to an early lead and then just push out from there.

The crowd was overwhelmingly wearing the red and white of Chivas, but it was Atlas who started the better side. Atlas fielded a squad closer to their starting XI than Chivas did and that allowed them to control the early going.

15 minutes in to the match Atlas opened the scoring with a phenomenal strike from Edson Rivera. From 25 yards out Rivera found space and hit a powerful shot which was just out of the reach of Miguel Jimenez in the Chivas goal.

Getting an early goal allowed Atlas to settle more and hand over possession to Chivas, but they defended resolutely. That defense was rewarded in the 71st minute when a penalty allowed Matia Alusitza to double the lead with a perfectly taken spot kick.

After going behind Chivas started to really attack, having more of the ball and more of possession but they could not break through. The Atlas defense was proving much too strong for Chivas who struggled to create clear chances against some stern defending.

Chivas had their best chance of the first half with an Angel Lopez freekick which looped over the top of the wall. Unfortunately for Chivas he just couldn’t keep it down and that would keep Atlas in the lead in to half-time.

There was some good news for Chivas as Angel Zaldivar made his return from injury in the 66th minue, receiving warm applause from the crowd. But that would be as good as it got for Chivas as Atlas had just enough control of the match to claim the win and get some revenge for the results in the season.

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