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Jamal Thiaré steals ball from goalkeeper, scores winning goal for Atlanta United – Winnipeg Free Press

Jamal Thiaré steals ball from goalkeeper, scores winning goal for Atlanta United – Winnipeg Free Press
Jamal Thiaré steals ball from goalkeeper, scores winning goal for Atlanta United – Winnipeg Free Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Jamal Thiaré stole the ball from the keeper and scored an improbable goal in the final minute of the game to lead Atlanta United to a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday night.

In the 97th minute, Atlanta’s Ronald Hernández’s shot was blocked by Toronto FC’s Shane O’Neill. Toronto goalkeeper Luka Gavran covered the ball and as he prepared to put the ball in play, Thiaré′ came up from behind, took the ball and fired a right-footed shot into the empty net for the winning goal.

Atlanta’s other goal came in first-half stoppage time when Thiago Almada passed to Daniel Ríos, took a back pass from Ríos and then beat Gavran with a strong right-foot strike from the left.

Atlanta United forward Jamal Thiaré, left, fires the winning goal past Toronto FC goalkeeper Luka Gavran (90) and midfielder Kosi Thompson, right, during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, June 29, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik)

Toronto equalized in the opening minute of the second half when Federico Bernardeschi scored with a left-footed shot from the center of the box. He shot past three defenders and beat Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan to the left post.

Guzan finished with three saves for Atlanta (6-8-6) and Gavran had four for Toronto (7-11-3), which has lost four straight.

Toronto returns home to host Orlando City on Wednesday. Atlanta United travels to play the New England Revolution on Wednesday.