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CF Montreal lose 1-0 on a goal scored seconds to the end of the match

Frederick Duchesneau
Frederick Duchesneau

Marcelino Moreno scored on a perfect header at the very end of stoppage time, depriving CF Montreal of a point on Saturday night in Atlanta.

Just before, the young Sunusi Ibrahim had screwed up a great opportunity, while he found himself deep in the opposing territory with Ahmed Hamdi and Erik Hurtado. On the counterattack, Atlanta United FC delivered the final blow.

Head coach Wilfried Nancy made it clear from the start of his press briefing that the way hurt more than the consequence this time around.

“The regret I have is that it comes as a result of an offensive action that we have and where we can do better. And afterwards, we manage badly. We could have cut the game, made a mistake or defend a little better when they had a ball deep for the center, ”he analyzed hot.

I would have preferred to take the goal a little earlier, if necessary, than to take it at the end like that. But we had opportunities to score too. So we have to learn from that.

Wilfried Nancy, CF Montreal coach

Hints of the past for the fans, who often saw their club suffer at the end of the match before finally folding.

“Losing this point at the very last second, it hurts very, very badly, for his part commented captain Samuel Piette. We defended very well. Other than that action, Atlanta didn’t get much. I think the draw would have been rather fair as a result.  »

“I hope this will be the last time we take a last-minute goal like this,” added center-back Rudy Camacho.

The coach Nancy nevertheless said she was proud of her men, once again.

“We defended a lot, but we were close to achieving something big given the context,” he said.

Because it was a third game in eight days for his family, a first on synthetic turf, disputed, moreover, in front of a large and noisy crowd.

Moreover, undoubtedly carried by its 40,116 supporters in the stands at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta United FC had a clear advantage in the opening minutes of the match.

Clément Diop, back in front of the cage after having ceded it to James Pantemis, had to make a nice save on a header, his only one in the first half, however.

At the 17e minute, Marcelino Moreno spared the goalkeeper of the Montrealers having to surpass himself by missing a more than interesting opportunity.

Then, at the 39e, Rudy Camacho skillfully intercepted a long pass for the dangerous Josef Martínez, who would have found himself alone in front of Diop. To avoid.

Prior to the game, Atlanta was enthroned in MLS for possession time, at 59.4 percent. Georgia’s side continued in this vein by controlling the ball for 63.2% of this game.

Quebecer Mathieu Choinière was included in the starting lineup as a right back. He did well, being credited with four interceptions.

CF Montreal was still without Luis Binks, Ballou Tabla, Zachary Brault-Guillard and Mason Toye, injured.

No points in Atlanta

The Montrealers started the second half strong, culminating with a Kamal Miller shot that grazed the horizontal bar in the 48e minute. A defender’s escapade made possible by a learned transversal handover from Victor Wanyama.

Montreal is last in MLS in long passes per game and they often come from Kenyan midfoot.

Then the tide quickly turned. To the point that it was believed that Atlanta had taken the lead, but its realization in the 51e minute was denied for offside.

Subsequently, we traded rounds without dealing any big blows, despite some threatening crosses from the left in the offensive third from Atlanta.

Wilfried Nancy made his five changes between the 65e and the 79e minute, but these did not have the desired effect, except for an interesting opportunity from Hamdi at the 74e.

The receivers showed more and more teeth as the second half progressed, until the fatal blow.

Montreal is now 1-5-1 against Atlanta, with its only victory coming in their first game. In Atlanta, Montreal lost all four of its matches, scoring just two goals while allowing nine.

Next Saturday, CF Montreal will host FC Cincinnati at 1 p.m. at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

The Montreal team now claim a 2-2-2 record. Ahead of its game this Sunday against Miami, Cincinnati is 0-2-1 and a catastrophic record of two goals for and ten against.

In the “three points not to be missed” category for CF Montreal…

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