CF Montreal’s Loss Against the Columbus Crew: A Recap and Analysis

2023-09-03 01:32:00

Summary

MONTREAL – CF Montreal was unable to take advantage of a fragile opponent on the road on Saturday and Hernan Losada’s men suffered a 4-2 loss at home against the Columbus Crew.

The Crew won only a third game on opposing courts this season, while the Montrealers suffered a second loss in a row. Montreal also misses a great opportunity to approach the Crew in the standings in the East, in full playoff race.

For his part, Wilfried Nancy will certainly be able to say mission accomplished. Upon her return to Stade Saputo, after leaving CF Montreal in favor of the Crew, Nancy will have led her team to a convincing victory. It is a third triumph in four outings for the Crew since returning from the League Cup.

Cucho Hernandez has been a go-to weapon in Crew success, as he recorded a hat-trick. The visitors’ other net was an own goal from Gabriele Corbo.

There is still a slim consolation in the Montreal camp, as Quebecer Jules-Anthony Vilsaint scored the first goal of his career in MLS. Kwadwo Opoku also hit the mark in the losing cause.

Montreal will now benefit from a two-week rest, before attacking the last stretch of the season on September 16 against Orlando City.

An offensive festival

The Crew had more ball control early in the game and Columbus was the first team to score, through CF Montreal defender Gabriele Corbo. In the 14th minute, Corbo tried to block a pass from Julian Gressel. Unfortunately for the Montrealers, Corbo instead redirected the ball into his own net, allowing Columbus to take control of the game.

The Crew got another great opportunity to add to the score a few minutes later. On a free kick, Cucho Hernandez came very close to framing his shot to the right of Jonathan Sirois, but the ball just missed the net.

However, it was only a postponement for Cucho and the Crew. In the 23rd minute, Cucho took advantage of a superb cross from Diego Rossi to brilliantly head the ball into the back of the net and double the lead for Columbus.

It was finally Sirois who had to win a little later to slow down the Crew attack. Moments after contributing to Cucho’s goal, Rossi broke free against the Quebec keeper, but Sirois dove to his right to stop the threat and recover the ball.

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The Crew however returned to the charge at the end of the half. In the 43rd minute, Cucho slipped past the CF Montreal defenders and redirected a pass from Yaw Yeboah behind Sirois to score his second goal of the match and make it 3-0. Some CF Montreal players claimed offside on the streak, but the goal was awarded anyway.

It finally took a former CF Montreal player for the team to find the back of the net. In the 52nd minute of play, defender Rudy Camacho blundered in his crease and the ball ended up at the foot of Kwadwo Opoku, who reduced the lead to 3-1 without too much difficulty.

Columbus, however, took advantage of a penalty to build a new three-goal lead. Cucho was snagged by George Campbell in the box and he used the penalty to complete his hat-trick and restore Crew a three-goal lead.

CF Montreal proved to be tenacious and once again, the team managed to close the gap to two goals. Three minutes after Cucho’s goal, Quebec’s Jules-Anthony Vilsaint skilfully redirected a cross from Matko Miljevic to score his first MLS goal and make it 4-2.

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