Atlante surprised many by winning the Apertura 2007 championship, but in the Clausura 2008 season Atlante is doing its best to prove that was a fluke. Atlante holds a 2-4-3 record and is second-to-last in Group 2.
But Atlante showed signs of life after all. Before a near sellout, Atlante beat Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa 2-1 on Thursday in the only CONCACAF Champions Cup match thus far to not finish in a draw.
Walter Centeno scored in the 25th minute for the visitors but Atlante responded with an equalizer from Gabriel Pereyra in the 39th minute and won it with Christian Bermudez's goal in the 79th minute.
Nicknamed the Potros Hierros, or Iron Colts, Atlante needs just a draw in Costa Rica to advance to the semifinals. Still, that's not exactly a simple task. Saprissa is one of the more difficult places to play and how Atlante handles El Monstruo Morado in Estadio Ricardo Saprissa remains to be seen but it should be a battle and will probably be the best of the second leg matches.