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The last four matches between Atlas and Pachuca ended in the same result, which was 1-0. The teams are unable to beat each other in their own home games, but they have won two of the four previous matches.
The good news is that neither side will draw. The match has ended in draws in only three of its ten previous clashes, two of which were in Copa MX.
When the sides first met this season, Pachuca beat the Estadio Jalisco 1-0. It was a one-sided match, with the result not capturing the dominance of the league leaders in the game.
Guillermo Almada’s men had 26 shots on goal, 57% possession, and created five big chances in the match. However, they needed an 87th-minute goal from Roberto de la Rosa to get the three points.
To make things even more frustrating for Pachuca based on that performance, Atlas had been down to 10 men for the entire second half of the game. Jairo Torres got sent off at the close of the first period. After the midfielder was sent off, the home team sat deeper and managed just three goals in the second period – all of them not on target. Although they had their backs against the wall, the home side almost got a point from the top table players.
It’s that trademark stubbornness we expect from Atlas once more as they host their first leg. This is also an opportunity to potentially do the double in Liga MX since they currently hold the Apertura crown.
Apertura Champions Atlas grinding the results
Atlas has not been performing at its best recently and is struggling to achieve their goals. In their last 10 Liga MX matches, they have won just four times, but that has somehow helped them reach the Clausura final.
In the Liga MX, they managed to climb their way up the rankings in their last six matches, despite only being at the wheel once. To finish just one point ahead of Monterrey, they won 2, drew 2 and lost 2. Guadalajara, Puebla and Club America finished one point behind them. If two sides picked up more points Atlas could have advanced to the reclassification round.
Up and Down since April
Atlas lost to Cruz Azul in April. This began their bad run. Santiago Gimenez’s goal was all that separated the teams and left the away team with few chances. Atlas had 13 shots on goal but managed to get just two on target and none got past the keeper.
They won 2-1 over Club Necaxa but it was a difficult win. Julio Furch had scored the opening goal, but the team was unable to score again until the second half. They were able to draw back at level terms four minutes later. Rodrigo Aguirre scored in the 49th minute before Julian Quinones restored the lead in the 72nd minute and that was enough for them to take the three points.
Atlas was then stunned by Mazatlan. This side had been struggling for results. The away team won 2-1 thanks to Gonzalo Sosa’s brace during the first period. Julio Furch’s penalty at the end of the second was too little for Atlas’s comeback. The goal scorer was also sent off.
The striker was absent in Monterrey’s match. Both sides ended up drawing 0-0. Julio Furch returned to Toluca, scoring twice in the win. Aldo Rocha got the opening goal, while Julian Quinones scored a brace. Tigres held Atlas to a draw on the last day of the season. However, that was sufficient for them to secure the third place.
Atlas was not at their best during the quarter finals, but they still won a 3-2 aggregate win against Guadalajara. The first leg was won 2-1 by the Atlas, while the second saw them draw 1-1.
Still Hanging on, Still Going Strong
Atlas put forth a solid performance against Tigres and won 3-0. The home team scored Julio Furch and Luis Reyes, as well as Julian Quinones.
However, the away leg was dramatic and it needed a 100th-minute winner, after 12 minutes were added on. Tigres were 1-0 down (4-0 on agg) at halftime after Julian Quinones’s goal but scored four goals to level the tie in the 81st minute. Andre-Pierre Gignac scored a hat trick and Igor Lichnovsky had another. However, Aldo Rocha scored a penalty 10 minutes into stoppage time to seal a 5-4 win for Atlas and seal the place in the final.
Injuries and Suspensions Jeremy Marquez are still suspended for Atlas. GaddiAguirre remains a doubt.
Pachuca Must Keep Their Focus On The Final To Win
Pachuca were the champions this season, and they remain the favourites to win the trophy. In the league stage, they defeated every team that had qualified and won the semifinal and quarterfinal.
They finished the league with just three defeats, all coming at the hands of sides who failed to make it to the top 12 this season. They also drew 2 matches against sides that did not make it to the knockout stages.
A Brief Struggle at the Knockouts
In the quarterfinal, Pachuca was made to struggle By Atletico De San Luis. They held the table-toppers to a 2-2 draw in the first leg thanks to a 94th minute goal from Juan Manuel Sanabria and then took the second leg until the very end. Nicolas Ibanez was able to score four goals in each of the legs, helping them secure a win aggregate of 5-4.
The semi-final first leg saw a similar result, with Club America beating Pachuca 1-1. Diego Valdes gave the league to the home team in the first half, but Nicolas Ibanez won from the spot and ended the match at 1-1.
Sailing into the Final
Surprisingly Nicolas Ibanez didn’t score in the second leg. However, Pachuca won the game 3-0 to secure their spot in the final. Erick Sanchez scored the second goal, while Romario Ibarra got one. Guillermo Almada hopes for even more from his team when they take on Atlas in the final.
Injuries and Suspensions No player has been ruled out by Pachuca. Nicolas Ibanez received a red card during the second semi-final, however, it was overturned in VAR. He will still be available.
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Atlas vs Pachuca Information Teams Atlas vs Pachuca Location Estadio Jalisco Time Thursday, May 26 at 10 pm EST How to watch Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo and Fox Deportes