Atlas wins back-to-back Liga MX titles, defeats Pachuca in 2022 Clausura final
Atlas survived a fightback from Pachuca on Sunday night to clinch a second consecutive Liga MX title and third overall in their history.
Heading into Pachuca's Estadio Hidalgo with a 2-0 aggregate lead after Thursday's first leg, Atlas quickly suffered a setback after allowing a goal in the eighth minute.
With Pachuca's Romario Ibarra cleverly nutmegging defender Anderson Santamaria and then finding the back of the net, the aggregate scoreline narrowed to 2-1 early in the first half.
Pachuca continued to push forward, eventually appearing close to earning a penalty in the 29th minute before a check from VAR instead led to an offside call. In the 44th minute, VAR would once again come into play.
Striker Julio Furch, who had yet to find a goal in either leg of the final, stepped up in the 45th minute and scored to put Atlas up 3-1 on aggregate.
Needing just one more goal to level the scoreline and send the match into extra time, Pachuca pressed forward and launched several shots towards goalkeeper Camilo Vargas
Nonetheless, even with a one-man advantage and with a handful of attack-minded substitutions, Pachuca weren't able to find the third goal needed to equalize the scoreline.