Football: Los Angeles FC at the top of the MLS for the first time


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SoccerLos Angeles FC at the top of the MLS for the first time

The Californians won a crazy final, on penalties against the Philadelphia Union (4-3), to win the North American championship.

The joy of a titled Los Angeles.

The joy of a titled Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles FC, at the end of the suspense in a crazy end to the game, won the North American Football Championship for the first time in its history on Saturday, beating the Philadelphia Union (3-3 after extra time, 3- 0 tab.).

If the Pennsylvania team ended up breaking down mentally in the fateful session, its first three shooters not having put the ball in the back of the net, unlike Denis Bouanga, Ryan Hollingshead and Ilie Sanchez, it is because a few moments earlier, Gareth Bale made him refrigerate the champagne.

The Welshman, hardly used since his arrival in California this summer, but who had just come on in place of the other star of the team, the Mexican Carlos Vela, placed an equalizing header after eight minutes in stoppage time game overtime. Enough to save his team, who had just conceded the 3-2 goal by Jack Elliott four minutes earlier. The stopper from Philly offered himself there, without knowing it yet, a double for nothing, since he had equalized at 2-2 in the 85th minute, completely forgotten at the far post by the opposing defense.

The spectrum of emotions

At this precise moment, it was LAFC who seemed knocked out standing, because they too thought they had done the hardest part two minutes earlier by their Colombian defender Jesus Murillo, author of a powerful header when receiving a corner from Vela .

Suddenly, this final which opposed the two best teams of the regular season, in each Western and Eastern conference, became exciting, after a rather average hour which nevertheless saw American midfielder Kellyn Acosta open the scoring for Los Angeles, from a free kick slightly deflected by the wall (28th).

Philadelphia was able to respond for the first time by Hungarian attacking midfielder Daniel Gazdag, who deceived the goalkeeper with a powerful shot (59th), after seeing the ball landed in his feet by his Venezuelan teammate José Andres Martínez.

(AFP)



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