CF Montreal’s unbeaten streak came to an end at eight after a 2-1 loss to Nashville SC in front of 26,003 at Geodis Park last night.
After a difficult first half, the Montreal team came from behind in the second half and gave their host a hard time by parking the bus for the last 20 minutes.
This is Montreal’s first loss since March 12, in more than two months, as well as the first loss away from home after a five-game streak in which the team scored points on the opposite turf.
It was also the first time in seven games that Bleu-blanc-noir had allowed more than one goal, since April 2.
With 20 points, the team is one point behind Philadelphia and first place in the Eastern Conference.
Montreal started the second half with good intentions, but everything was spoiled by Hany Mukhtar, who scored the team’s second goal in the 51st minute.
He shrugged off Joel Waterman too easily to find deep down CJ Sapong who returned the courtesy to give him his 3rd goal of the season on a silver platter.
Never mind, Kei Kamara also scored his third of the season four minutes later in a most bizarre sequence.
Joe Willis couldn’t control Kamal Miller’s cross, Kamara came in hard, made contact with the ball, then the keeper, as the ball rolled into the back of the net and Kamara injured her arm. He also joined Jaime Moreno as fourth among MLS’s top scorers with 133 goals.
This game was long in search of its rhythm until Alex Muyl opened the scoring in the 28th minute. He received a long clearance from goalkeeper Joe Willis, cut down the middle and fired a superb shot into the right corner.
Muyl took advantage of Montreal’s defensive weakness, Lassi Lappalainen missed his header to deflect the ball while Kamal Miller and Rudy Camacho failed to close the gap in front of him.
We witnessed the kind of first half that the team has often served us at the start of the season. Approximate and clumsy game with an awakening after an opponent’s goal.
And precisely, with a little more precision, Kei Kamara could have allowed his team to return to the locker room with a 1-1 draw. He narrowly missed his header in the last action of the period.
CONTENTS (VAT Sports)
70′ Samuel Piette enters for Victor Wanyama.
69′ Sunusi Ibrahim enters for Djordje Mihailovic.
59′ Romell Quioto enters for Joaquín Torres.
55′ GOAL! Kei Kamara redirects a cross behind Willis and reduces the mark.
51′ OBJECTIVE! Sapong easily wins a duel against Waterman. He then hands it to Muhkar, who easily scores. Nashville 2-0.
46′ Zorhan Bassong gives way to Lassi Lappalainen. Mathieu Choinière does the same with Ahmed Hamdi.
46′ Start of the 2nd part.
45′ End of the 1st half.
45′ Kei Kamara deflects a good cross from Johnston, but Joe Willis keeps an eye on the grain.
45 Muhktar goes there with a relatively weak shot that ends up in the hands of Sebatian Breza.
43′ Montreal, who takes advantage of a free kick, tries a combination, but the attempt fails.
41′ Alex Muyl is also sanctioned with a yellow card.
39′ Hany Muhktar receives a yellow card for simulation.
34′ Lassi Lappalainen wins a cross and tries a shot from the right, but the ball escapes through the goal.
28′ OBJECTIVE! Alex Muyl spins inside and fires a perfect shot into the top corner. Nashville SC takes the lead.
27′ Allistair Johnston deflects a cross and offers Nashville a corner.
17′ Kei Kamara falls and seems to twist his knee. More fear than harm, thankfully.
14 & # 39; Lappalainen, again, sees his cross attempt succeed in the hands of Joe Willis.
6 & # 39; Lassi Lappalainen sees his shot deflected and leaves the field behind the enemy cage. Montreal corner.
1′ CJ Sapong inherits a loose ball in the area. He shoots fast, but misses the target.
0′ Start of the match.
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