MLS: Spectacular comeback and record season for CF Montreal



MONTREAL – CF Montreal have signed a historic win at the expense of their rival, Toronto FC, according to their manager, Wilfried Nancy.

Despite conceding two goals in the first seven minutes of play, CFM made a comeback by winning 4-3 against TFC in the Canadian Classic on Sunday at BMO Field.

Thus, the men of Nancy set a new team record for the number of points in a campaign with 52. The previous score of 51 points was established in 2015. Thanks to this gain, the CFM (16-9-4) he strengthened his hold on the second echelon of the Eastern Association. He has a five-point lead, despite having a game in hand, ahead of the No. 3.

CFM also completed the MLS series against the Torontonians by winning 1-0 at the Stade Saputo in July.

And, much to TFC’s chagrin, for the second consecutive year, CF Montreal finished ahead of their antagonist.

“Today the players make me very proud,” admitted Nancy. As you might expect, there is only one winner at the end of the season. I don’t know if we will win anything, but what I am sure of is that this group has written history.

“And that’s what we want. We will do something special. “

Kamal Miller, Djordje Mihailovic and Kei Kamara scored in the first half for the Montrealers. Alistair Johnston also blacked the scoresheet in the second half.

Nancy and the players have no shortage of rave reviews for everyone.

“He was the player of the game,” said Johnston of Miller, one of his defensive partners.

“When I see a 38-year-old boy (Kei Kamara), who ran like him to help the team … And then I see an, pardon the term, an ‘ass’, like Ismaele (Koné), who may be 18 ( note: he’s 20) coming home and undressing for the team … I have a little thought for my Jason Di Tullio. He’s happy and smiling, “said Nancy.

The late Di Tullio, former CFM assistant coach, was recognized as “La Grinta” thanks to his stubbornness and determination. This combativeness served CFM well to make the climb.

“After the two goals, everyone raised the level of their game,” said Johnston.

“This resilience that we have shown illustrates what this group has in store. And that’s what excites veterans like me as the playoffs approach. We never get beaten before the game is over. There is always a chance. “

Italian TFC stars (9-14-7), Lorenzo Insigne, twice, and Federico Bernardeschi, led the charge for the Ontario squad.

Center-back Rudy Camacho has regained his spot in the starting 11 after being sidelined with injury in the last three games.

Kamara, a top striker, is also back as a starter.

The Bleu-blanc-noir will take the lead on Friday, in Montreal, ahead of the Columbus Crew.

An emotional match

The start of this derby gave the impression that CFM’s 4-0 defeat at the Canadian championship in June in Toronto would be repeated.

From the second minute of play Ayo Akinola makes a poor control in the Montreal area and Samuel Piette comes into contact with the latter, but to no avail. Play continued, however the referee (after consulting the video replay) decided to overturn his decision and offer a penalty to the Queen City club.

Bernardeschi didn’t miss such an opportunity and sent Pantemis the wrong way to shake the strings. It was his seventh goal in nine games and his fourth from a penalty.

Two minutes later, once again unlucky Piette, on a cross by Bernardeschi in the direction of Insigne. The European champion made a fine volley and beat Montreal goalkeeper James Pantemis.

Insigne has scored in five of his last seven games.

However, the CFM had not yet abdicated.

At 19 ‘, Miller makes a turn in attack before passing the ball to Kamara who pulls out on the spot. If goalkeeper Alex Bono saved the ball, Miller, in turn, flew to succeed with a volley that found the bottom of the net.

Like the Torontonians, the Montrealers only took two minutes to score again.

Mihailovic went there with a hard shot from outside the box to equalize the score. Bono touched the skin, but couldn’t push it back enough.

“It’s not the kind of shot you see often,” Johnston said. He did that kind of shot in the warm-up and was told to save them for the game. “

Minutes after his second goal, Victor Wanyama had a golden opportunity to put CFM ahead. Although Bono had left the cage, the Kenyan’s header went over the horizontal crossbar.

If Kamara’s goal in the 34th minute was canceled due to a foul by Romell Quioto, he recovered just before recovery.

A long throw from Joel Waterman sent Kamara to a duel with Chris Mavinga. The CFM player hit his cover and then caught the opposing goalkeeper between the legs.

The CFM retired to the locker room with the first advantage of the match.

If Quioto lost an opportunity at the start of the second half, he scored the fourth goal for his team. His cross at the far post allowed Kamara to catch Toronto’s defense on the wrong foot and pass the ball to Johnston, who put the last nail in the TFC coffin.

After 54 minutes of play, Bleu-blanc-noir were leading 4-2. He then dictated the pace for what followed.

When the outcome of the match was sealed, a confusion between Camacho and Piette opened the doors to TFC. In injury time, Insigne threw the ball over Pantemis and cut CFM’s lead in half.


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