Al ser los Bicampeones, los Rojinegros también recibieron el trofeo del campeón absoluto en el año futbolístico que acaba de terminar.
Atlas lo consiguió. Pese a tener un partido difícil en la cancha del Estadio Hidalgo, los Rojinegros se consagraron como el Campeón del Clausura 2022 y es el tercer Bicampeón de los torneos cortos, aunado a ello, conquistaron el Campeón de Campeones sin jugar el duelo.
Debido a que los de la Academia fueron los campeones del torneo pasado y de este, se convirtieron en Campeón de Campeones la misma noche en la que hicieron historia en la Liga MX, rompiendo con 70 años de sequía sin campeonato de torneo local.
Anteriormente, cuando un equipo salía Bicampeón, no se jugaba el duelo por el campeón absoluto, pero en la asamblea de dueños se determinó que sí se llevara a cabo el partido en Carson, California por la cancelación del duelo en la edición 2020-2021 por la pandemia de Coronavirus.
Este partido entre Rojinegros y La Máquina se llevará a cabo el próximo 26 de junio a las 19:30 horas en el Dignity Health Sports Park de Los Ángeles; sin embargo, ya no habría un trofeo de por medio.
Atlas de Guadalajara se impuso 3-2 en el marcador global al Pachuca en la Final del Torneo Clausura 2022, consiguiendo la tercera estrella en su escudo, después de que pasaron 70 años sin probar las mieles del éxito. Fernando Salazar
Atlas: two-time champion in Mexico and why he won two titles in one game
¡Atlas champion, Diego Coca idol! There is no other way to describe the revolution that the Argentine coach generated since he arrived in Guadalajara. After 70 years without winning the MX League the Foxes cut the streak against León in 2021 and now they repeated the achievement against Pachuca as a visitor in a 3-2 aggregate. For the history.
After winning 2-0 in Guadalajara, the visiting team had to know how to suffer as in almost the entire MX League. Just as he had a bad time against Tigres, now he endured as best he could against Tuzos. In fact, He started losing after eight minutes of play: those two goal advantage that he had taken in the first leg were immediately reduced.
After the game he had everything but for most of the time he was tainted by Pachuca’s dominance. Even with a controversial play for a penalty that seemed clear to the locals, but that the referee, after seeing him in the VAR, decided not to charge him for an offside unclear of a footballer who did not intervene in the play.
Just when the intensity of the locals had decreased and the Rojinegro was able to advance in the field, Julio Furch finished off and the ball clearly hit the hand of a defender, although the judge had to sanction him with the help of technology. The Argentine striker faced his compatriot, Oscar Ustari, and made it 1-1 after 45 minutes.
With so much delay due to the VAR, the judge had to add nine minutes and in the last one before halftime, Nicolás Ibáñez -another Argentine, for a change- made it 2-1 with an accurate header after a fantastic cross. The complement was open and with everything to be defined.
But Atlas held up well. With too much ease: Pachuca could barely bother the rival with the push of his people and so the Rojinegro celebrated with a crowd that filled the stand they gave him. Although in the 94th minute the Tuzos were close to the tie in the series, but the cup went to Jalisco. From 70 years without titles to two in a row. “Give him a two-time champion!” The players shouted. Deserved.
WHY ATLAS GOT 2X1
Since two tournaments are played per season in Mexico, the Champion of Champions Cup is played -previously disputed between the winner of the League and the Cup. As Atlas became champion of the Apertura in the second part of 2021 and now crowned the season with the Clausura, that final will not be played: the trophy goes to Guadalajara. A victory that is worth double.