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Iankov’s late goal lifts CF Montreal past Philadelphia Union

Iankov’s late goal lifts CF Montreal past Philadelphia Union
Iankov’s late goal lifts CF Montreal past Philadelphia Union

MONTREAL — A goal in the 89th minute from Dominc Iankov and three minutes later from Ruan Teixeira gave CF Montreal a 4-2 win over Major League Soccer against Philadelphia Union on Saturday evening.

Quinn Sullivan and Jesus Bueno scored for Philadelphia (4-8-8), while Josef Martinez and Bryce Duke also scored for Montreal (5-8-7), which extended its unbeaten streak to five games.

Both teams started the match cautiously, slowing the game to a snail’s pace. Neither team wanted to give the ball away in a difficult position.

As the clock struck the half hour, the game shifted into high gear, with Philadelphia drawing first blood.

After being left completely unmarked in the centre of the penalty area, Sullivan fired a low shot in off the post to put the visitors 1-0 up.

However, it took Montreal just five minutes to respond as Martinez rose above the defense and got on the end of a perfectly placed Duke corner.

With the game much more open and attacking, the Union regained the lead after just six minutes thanks to another defensive mishap in the Montreal box. Missed clearances and a lack of marking allowed Bueno to receive a simple tap-in at the back post.

Montreal took control early in the second half in search of an equalizer. The breakthrough would come during a chaotic free kick.

A high, looping ball from Duke managed to slip past the entire defense and headed towards the goal. A missed clearance from Jack Eliott eventually sent the ball into the net, tying the score at 2-2.

Now tied, Montreal went in search of all three points by completely taking over the tempo of the game. With time running out, Iankov would score that goal as regulation time expired. After beating a defender, the Bulgarian international fired the ball into the bottom corner.

With Philadelphia now fully focused on attack, Montreal were able to hit back on the counter and double their lead a few minutes later. Substitute Lassi Lappalainen sent a cross to the far post for a running Ruan who made no mistake from close range, sending the home crowd into raptures.

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Philadelphia: Visits Chicago Fire FC on Wednesday.

CF Montreal: visiting New York City FC on Wednesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 29, 2024.

Elias Grigoriadis, The Canadian Press