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With just six games remaining of the regular season, every match is now taking on an added level of importance for the three sides involved in the relegation battle. Another remarkable round of fixtures saw Atlante crumble in the capital and Veracruz and Atlas go head-to-head in a game that could prove to be pivotal for both sides come May.
Liga MX Relegation Round-Up: Atlante Humiliated, Atlas Soaring to Safety
03/18/2014
 

With just six games remaining of the regular season, every match is now taking on an added level of importance for the three sides involved in the relegation battle. Another remarkable round of fixtures saw Atlante crumble in the capital and Veracruz and Atlas go head-to-head in a game that could prove to be pivotal for both sides come May.

 

AS IT STOOD

 

Atlante’s outstanding run of good form had propelled them to within touching distance of not only Liga MX safety but also a place in this seasons Liguilla. Last weekend they picked up their third win in four games, with Michael Arroyo scoring all four goals in a comprehensive 4-2 victory against the financially threatened Queretaro.

 

Round Ten also saw ten-man Veracruz pick up their first win since Round Two when Luiz Sanchez scored a 92nd minute winner against reigning champions Club Leon, and Atlas throw away a two goal lead at home to Chiapas to eventually draw the game 2-2.

 

Relegation Table – Thursday 13th March:

 

POSITION

TEAM

A-11

C-12

A-12

C-13

A-13

C-14

POINTS

GAMES

COEFFICIENT

15

Veracruz

0

0

0

0

20

9

29

27

1.0741

16

Puebla

22

19

13

19

19

10

102

95

1.0737

17

Atlas

12

20

12

32

12

10

98

95

1.0316

18

Atlante

19

16

20

13

12

15

95

95

1.0000

 

 

ROUND ELEVEN ACTION

 

The weekend’s relegation action got underway with a vitally important game as two of the relegation-threatened sides faced each other. Atlas travelled to Veracruz for a Saturday evening encounter with both sides knowing the winner would greatly enhance their chances of survival, whilst the loser would slide ever closer to demotion.

 

The game didn't live up to its pre-match billing, with the solitary goal coming after just twenty three minutes. Maikon Leiton was the scorer, slamming home Jose Maria Ortigoza’s low cross. The game was an ill-tempered affair, and both sides ultimately ended up with only ten men left on the pitch. Sergio Ponce was sent off for the visitors after receiving his second yellow card just after half time, before Carlos Cardenas followed for Veracruz after picking up two bookings in just thirteen minutes.

 

Veracruz’s defeat left the door open for Atlante to lift themselves off the foot of the relegation table if they could pick up a win in the capital against high-flying Pumas. Sadly, after so many good performances recently, "Los Azulgranas" buckled under the immense pressure – eventually collapsing to a 5-0 defeat. The league’s top scorer Martin Bravo scored a brace as Pumas led 3-0 at the break. Despite the Argentine not remerging for the second period due to injury, further goals from Diego Lagos and Dario Veron completed the Liga MX’s biggest rout of 2014.

 

AS IT STANDS

 

Relegation Table – Monday 17th March:

 

POSITION

TEAM

A-11

C-12

A-12

C-13

A-13

C-14

POINTS

GAMES

COEFFICIENT

15

Puebla

22

19

13

19

19

10

102

96

1.0625

16

Atlas

12

20

12

32

12

13

101

96

1.0521

17

Veracruz

0

0

0

0

20

9

29

28

1.0357

18

Atlante

19

16

20

13

12

15

95

96

0.9896

 

Atlas’ crucial three points combined with Atlante’s defeat means the Guadalajara side now have a six point advantage over their Cancun rivals. Although there are still six games remaining, Atlas will undoubtedly be confident of maintaining an advantage and ensuring their safety.

 

Defeat for Atlante also means they missed the chance to leapfrog Veracruz, though as we mentioned last week, the volatile nature of a newly-promoted team’s coefficient means Atlante will get another chance to overtake them this weekend.

 

All three sides face tough matches in Round Twelve. On Saturday Veracruz travel to Club America and Atlas host Chivas, before Atlante host second-placed Toluca on Sunday evening.

 

In the general table, Veracruz stay last, Atlas stay fourteenth, and Atlante drop to ninth. Los Azulgranas are now outside of the Liguilla places and just two point ahead of rivals Atlas.


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