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CF Montreal tops Chicago, inches nearer to home-field benefit


CF Montreal is only one level away from clinching home-field benefit within the first spherical of the playoffs after securing a 3-2 win over the Chicago Fireplace at Stade Saputo on Tuesday.

Kei Kamara scored twice and Zachary Brault-Guillard added one other for Montreal (17-9-5) whereas Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice from the penalty spot for Chicago (9-14-8).

After a timid begin from each groups, the house facet would break via within the twenty first minute. Ismaël Kone despatched a low shot into the field that was redirected by Kamara into the online to place Montreal on the board.

Eight minutes later, Kone gained the ball within the midfield and performed Kamara in, who scored once more to provide Montreal an early 2-0 lead.

“Life is straightforward when Kei is on the market and also you’re looking for him. He has the expertise and that management on the sector to make the sport so easy,” stated Kone, who was despatched off the final time the 2 groups met. “It felt actually good to get on the market and have a powerful recreation. Final time, it ended early, and I needed to get that again.”

Regardless of the early deficit, Chicago discovered its method again into the sport.

Within the thirty eighth minute, Montreal goalkeeper Sebastien Breza threw himself into Fireplace ahead Jhon Duran, who had been performed via, and conceded a penalty. Shaqiri scored a minute in a while a penalty kick to drag Chicago inside one.

Montreal didn’t let the aim faze them as they received proper again on the assault. This time, Kamara performed the function of supplier, discovering Brault-Guillard in area. He then fired a low onerous shot throughout the ‘keeper and restored Montreal’s two-goal lead within the forty fourth minute.

“Within the locker room, we are saying ‘anyone can rating a aim.’ It’s not simply relying on the strikers to attain a aim and we don’t rely on one any particular person to attain,” stated Kamara. “My function coming in right here was to help, not simply on the sector, however help the blokes off the sector too.”

Montreal’s lack of self-discipline allowed Chicago again into the sport within the 57th minute.

Regardless of being nowhere close to the ball, defender Joel Waterman took down Duran, who drew his second penalty of the sport. Shaqiri stepped as much as take the penalty for the second time and made no mistake, finishing his brace to make it 3-2.

“That’s soccer, you understand, it occurs on a regular basis,” stated Montreal head coach Wilfried Nancy. “These are new alternatives to problem my gamers to be higher. The subsequent recreation, one thing (is) going to occur once more and that’s one of many causes I like this recreation.”

Regardless of a rise in strain from the Fireplace — who wanted a win to maintain their playoff hopes alive — the scoresheet didn’t change within the last half-hour.

Each groups are again in motion on Sept. 17 as Montreal travels to New England to face the Revolution, whereas Chicago returns dwelling to host Charlotte FC.




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