MONTREAL – We will begin to believe that CF Montreal has an inferiority complex against Nashville SC.
Looking for a ninth straight game without a loss and a sixth straight game without a loss on the road, CF Montreal suffered a 2-1 loss to Tennessee on Wednesday night at Geodis Park.
Kei Kamara scored the only goal for CF Montreal (6-4-2), the third of the season, early in the second half. This goal allowed Wilfried Nancy’s men to cut Nashville SC’s lead in half.
Alex Muyl, in the first half, and Hany Mukhtar, minutes before Kamara’s goal, disrupted Sebastian Breza’s vigilance.
In five career games against Nashville SC, the Montreal players scored two draws and lost the other three games. An ordinary first half did not help CF Montreal.
“Of course we are disappointed. The players are disappointed that they couldn’t get back on the scoreboard,” said the CF Montreal coach after the loss.
“We know where we come from. We weren’t excited when we made the series, and it’s not the end of the world because we lost that game. Once again, we are moving forward,” added Nancy.
Beyond their past failures against this team, we had every right to expect a tough game for CF Montreal. First, Nashville SC had lost in its last outing, at Houston, in a performance that was pitied by head coach Gary Smith.
Above all, they are an unbeatable team at home, with a streak of 22 games without losing in front of their fans (12-0-10), including the playoffs. His last defeat on his ground dates back to November 2020.
“It’s a team that has great fans, who support it from the beginning of the game,” said Alistair Johnston, who spent his first two seasons in Nashville before being traded to CF Montreal in December.
“As soon as they get ahead, it’s hard to come back against them and get a result. We lost two (goals), which is too much. If we had conceded one, we would have had a chance,” he added.
If Romell Quioto was available as a reserve, CF Montreal played this match without midfielder Ismaël Koné, who did not accompany the team to undergo leg tests.
In addition, goalkeeper James Pantemis was not Sebastián Breza’s assigned reserve.
In her postgame video conference, Nancy said that Pantemis had been suspended and will return to the team on Friday. Nancy did not want to specify the reasons for this decision.
CF Montreal will continue this busy segment of its schedule by hosting Real Salt Lake on Sunday at Saputo Stadium.
After visiting Hamilton’s Forge FC for the Canadian Championship next Wednesday, the Montreal team will host FC Cincinnati on May 28 in what will be their last game until June 18.
almost total supremacy
Wilfried Nancy says it often: he likes to see his team control the ball. Therefore, we can conclude that he should not have enjoyed the first half of his players.
Still tough in front of their fans, the Nashville SC players dominated most of the first half, controlling the ball more than 53 percent of the time.
“The first 15 minutes were tough,” Nancy admitted.
The Montreal team did not go wrong at all, conceding just one goal, that of Muyl in minute 28, in a quality shot that slipped into the side of the net on Breza’s right.
After playing better late in the first half, CF Montreal started the second half well, but Nashville SC still doubled their lead in the 51st minute when Mukhtar completed a play by CJ Sapong.
Just four minutes later, however, Kamara brought CF Montreal back into the game with his 133rd career goal, when the ball hit him in the lower leg after goalkeeper Joe Willis failed to get the ball out of his box. penal.
CF Montreal increased the pressure on the opposing defense, to the point of dominating the rival in possession of the ball (55.6 percent) and attempted shots (11 against eight), without scoring the goal that would have extended their streak of success.
“The guys gave it their all. We were close to going back, but we didn’t make it. We missed the small final gesture”, analyzed Nancy.