CF Montreal celebrated Wilfried Nancy’s 50th game at the helm in style by winning 2-1 thanks to a goal from Mathieu Choinière at the start of the second half this Saturday at the Stade Saputo.
It couldn’t have been more perfect as a celebration of Saint-Jean-Baptiste in front of 13,520 spectators. Coming in to start the second half on the left wing, Choinière fled to catch Nacho Piatti in the opponent’s area and frame his shot in the top corner in the 47th minute.
St-Alexandre’s Quebecer scored in front of the Ultras who returned to the Stade Saputo by surprise on Saturday night. In the win, Romell Quioto scored a goal and an assist.
Montreal also had a much better second half than the first, which was not finished.
Bleu-blanc-noir have faced a fairly small Charlotte squad since ten players remained in North Carolina due to the COVID protocol.
However, the Montrealers had to work hard to secure this first win since returning from the international hiatus after one defeat to Austin and another to Toronto in the Canadian championship semi-finals.
Montreal was left out in both games. But in the top column of the night, CF Montreal climbed to second place in the MLS Eastern Conference with 26 points, one less than New York City FC, who still played two games fewer.
Montreal will play their next two away games, visiting Seattle next Wednesday and the Los Angeles Galaxy on July 4th.
Montreal set the tone with a goal from Romell Quioto in the sixth minute on a fine pass from Zachary Brault-Guillard who did a good job on the right wing.
But Charlotte responded quickly, three minutes later. Sebastian Breza missed a free kick by putting it in an opponent’s feet. It all ended with a tap on the back of Guzman Corujo’s door.
And Charlotte was busy breaking the pace with many “wounds” followed by miracle cures.
During this time, Montreal controlled the ball and succeeded in his passes, but did nothing useful, like what building without Djordje Mihailovic, remains complicated.
82 minute | Karol Swiderski (CLT) has the equalizer on tiptoe and misses a wide open goal, CF Montreal get away with it at the end of the game
78th minute | Just entered in Wilfried Nancy’s XI, Mason Toye (MTL) redirects Romell Quioto’s (MTL) cross and comes within inches of doubling Montreal’s lead
70th minute | Victor Wanyama (MTL) maneuvered well and landed a curling shot that was just around the corner
57th minute | CF Montreal on fast counterattack, equalizer by Mathieu Choinière (MTL), Charlotte FC defensive brigade intervenes
47th minute | GOAL MTL 2-1 Fresh in this second half, Mathieu Choinière (MTL) benefits from a superb rebate from Romell Quioto (MTL) and looks like Ignacio Piatti, 2-1 CF Montreal
46th minute | Start of the second half
45 + 4 | Joaquín Torres (MTL) tries a redirect on the fly, but without success
37th minute | Alistair Johnston (MTL) skillfully crosses the ball for Romell Quioto (MTL) who misses the volley
18th minute | Powerful right by Samuel Piette (MTL), the ball misses the target several meters above the net
9th minute | GOAL CLT 1-1 The celebrations at the Stade Saputo do not last long, Guzmán Corujo (CLT) recovers a loose ball in the penalty area and creates the equalizer
6th minute | GOAL MTL 1-0 Romell Quioto (MTL) scores his sixth place of the season and CFM takes the lead early in the match
2nd minute | Joaquín Torres (MTL) serves a first warning to goalkeeper George Marks (CLT) with a curling left footed shot
1st minute | Start of the game
According to the Charlotte Observer newspaper, 10 athletes from the expansion team did not make the trip to Quebec. However, it is not specified whether these players have contracted the coronavirus or if they were unable to cross the border due to the vaccine.
Additionally, Charlotte reportedly tried to postpone the match, but Major League Soccer reportedly denied their request.
Take the first position
After suffering two defeats, one against Austin in the MLS and another against Toronto in the Canadian Championship, since returning from the international hiatus the Montrealers will try not to ruin the good work of the previous months by making it down in the rankings to take place.
For now Montreal is in fifth place in the East with 23 points in 15 outings. Charlotte, meanwhile, is eighth, one place behind the playoffs, with 20 points from 16 games.
This is the second duel this season between Montreal and the expansion team. On May 14, “Impact” won 2-0 in Charlotte in what has remained one of Montreal’s landmark games so far this season.
At the Charlotte camp, we did spring cleaning thanking coach Miguel Angel Ramirez and three of his assistants. The team hasn’t changed their style of play much since then, Nancy noted at a press conference yesterday.
Once again, the absence of attacking midfielder Djordje Mihailovic risks hurting the Montrealers, who are struggling to score without the prolific number 8 who was having a hell of a season before the knee injury that kept him out of the game for a few weeks. Nancy, however, indicated that the American is doing well in his physical form.
Montreal also hopes to see Finnish winger Lassi Lappalainen, exiting the COVID protocol, return to duty this evening.