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Thiare steals ball from Toronto keeper, scores winning goal for Atlanta

Thiare steals ball from Toronto keeper, scores winning goal for Atlanta
Thiare steals ball from Toronto keeper, scores winning goal for Atlanta

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

In the 97th minute, Atlanta’s Ronald Hernández had his shot 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, grabbed 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.

Toronto equalized in the first minute of the second half when Federico Bernardeschi scored with a left-footed shot from the center of the penalty area, blasting past three defenders and beating 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.

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Toronto FC returns home on Wednesday to host Orlando City.

Atlanta United plays New England Revolution on Wednesday.

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