CF Montreal saw red in the Canadian metropolis. Toronto FC won 4-0 at BMO Field in the semi-finals of the Canadian league.
Updated yesterday at 10:35 pm
“We hit rock bottom,” defender Alistair Johnston said after the match.
Ayo Akinola scored twice when the Torontonians really exploded in the second half with three goals.
This defeat therefore rings the death knell for the career of the Montrealers, reigning champions, in the 2022 edition of this competition.
Johnston said the final score “didn’t quite reflect” the pace of the game. But he admits that his team’s performance “was not up to par, both in attack and defense.”
“We have to live with it and recover. “
Wilfried Nancy had a similar reading.
We conceded bad goals. We need to be more aggressive. It is not normal for goals to be scored that way.
Wilfried Nancy, CF Montreal head coach
Lack of opportunism
Montreal failed to take advantage of a TFC that was still trying to organize itself in the opening moments of the first half. His two best chances on the net resulted in Samuel Piette’s shots from the edge of the box (3And20And).
Thereafter, Toronto picked up its pace. We attacked James Pantemis’ network with more confidence and, above all, success. We forced the Montreal defense, who struggled throughout the game, to slip at the last minute.
Until the dam finally broke. A 40AndAyo Akinola was served in the box after a quick comeback with Luca Petrasso and Jesús Jiménez, and put in the mouth for the first goal of the match.
“We had a good first half, Nancy points out. Before the goal we were not bad. We lost our chances because we missed the finish line. ”
explosion of red
The Montrealers leave the locker room full of energy for the second half. Kei Kamara and Ahmed Hamdi had just replaced Zorhan Bassong and Mathieu Choinière respectively. And we thought the manager’s choices would pay off … until Akinola did it again.
The Canadian striker took advantage of another defensive generosity from the Montreal Brigade at 54And and took a powerful shot at the entrance to the box. Camacho, lying on the ground after a slip, could only see the damage.
“The goals were great, Akinola cheered, smiling, after the match. They increased my confidence. ”
Montreal responded positively to this second goal, but was never able to violate Quentin Westberg’s goal. Worse, Toronto scored a third (Jiménez, 75And) after another climb on the ramparts. Pantemis missed his goal, Camacho was unable to get the ball out despite a scorpion’s kick and the ball crossed the finish line.
“Our defensive transition has been really poor,” said Johnston. And it starts with us, after all. We were trying too hard to climb the slope, and it left our backs bare. ”
“We felt we were in the game until the third goal, he continued. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing against, especially away, if you’re down 3-0, it’s a tough mountain to climb. When the third came, we were a little shocked. ”
Pantemis “doomed to failure”
Bob Bradley’s men even pushed the outrage to afford a quarter-time moments later. Alejandro Pozuelo threw the ball in front of goal in the 78th minuteAnd.
I’m sorry for our goalkeeper and for our fans. We have put them in a difficult position. James finally got his chance on goal, he trained hard and we let him down. […] We almost doomed it to failure.
After a grueling sequence of matches, Nancy had opted for a large rotation within her lineup. So Jojea Kwizera got a first start in attack, Zorhan Bassong placed in the left lane and Robert Thorkelsson was chosen to complete the defensive body, in particular. The team also had to contend with Djordje Mihailovic and Kamal Miller absent for several weeks.
Would Johnston wish his manager had chosen a more consistent roster for this rivalry game?
“This group is more than talented and has enough depth to rotate,” he replies. […] We lacked some of that intensity and killer instinct you need in a match between rivals. ”
This defeat is CF Montreal’s fourth in six games in all competitions. He can only participate in the Champions League in 2023 if he finishes first in his conference in 2022 or if he wins the MLS Cup.