December 5, 2021

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Toronto 1 Montreal 1 | Cruel end for CF Montreal in Toronto

Toronto 1 Montreal 1 |  Cruel end for CF Montreal in Toronto

CF Montreal had a 1-0 lead in the game, collecting three valuable points in the playoffs race. But Toronto FC, as good enemies, thwarted all their efforts by equalizing with a free kick in the final seconds of the match.




Catherine Harvey-Pinard

Catherine Harvey-Pinard
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The Toronto team at the bottom of the standings, no longer going to the playoffs, had only one goal on Saturday night at BMO Field: to place the sticks on the CF Montreal wheels, always a place in the playoffs in a quest. And he succeeded.

Wilfried Nancy Men probably have nightmares about it. Joji Altidore’s free kick in ’95E Minute, it slipped to the bottom of the net on the left side of James Pantemis, causing them to slip from 5.E Up to 8E Cool in a few seconds. They are currently excluded from the playoffs, having to play three games a season.

Disappointment was strong at the press conference after the match. Quebec goalkeeper James Pantemis, who was flamboyant throughout the match by blocking nine shots on goal, appeared with a completely crustallen face at the microphone.

“It looks more like a loss than a draw,” he suggested. Those are the three points we need, and we have them to the end. ”

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Zachary Bralt-Gillard and Richie Laria (right)

“We were very dangerous, defensive, and gave a lot in the middle,” said Zachary Bralt-Gillard. We are just unlucky. In the end, it’s football. ”

A two-part match

Toronto FC have not played like a losing team 17 times this season. And then, we already know that even if he has nothing to lose, he will not give a gift to CF Montreal. In the previous match, coach Javier Perez also left several pillars of the team as he prepared well for Saturday’s match.

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Although CF Montreal could not find a dent in the Toronto defense, they found themselves bottled up for the first 25 minutes.

At the same time, the locals reached the Montreal net several times in the first half, especially thanks to 21-year-old forward Jacob Schaefelberg, who was twice frustrated with James Pantemis. The possession was on both sides after a scoreless first half, but the Torontonians aimed for three shots compared to zero for the Montreals.

The second came back into effect for a second. Sunusi Ibrahim, Quentin Westburg singles at 55E The minute, the head came out to score the first goal of the meeting, his fourth of the season.

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Sunusi Ibrahim goal celebration in the second half

Only then did the two teams seem to have taken their game to a height and the spirits began to warm up in the cold fall. Jonathan Osorio, Toronto FC’s leading scorer this season, has been seen off the hook a few times.

“We started the first half badly, we lost some easy balls,” said coach Wilfried Nancy. After we recovered, the second half was much better. We had a little more control, as our goal, we were able to do interesting things and control the game a little more. If we put the ball a little higher we know they won’t. ‘To protect for a long time. ”

Towards the end of the game, CF Montreal missed several chances to put the final nail in the opponent’s coffin by scoring the second goal. At 76E Minute, Joaquin Torres gave a nice pass to Jordi Mikhailovich in the middle of the penalty area. However, the next strike ended next to the target. Then, at 90E, Jorn Johnson got a golden chance alone in front of Westburg, but the ball went over the net.

Strict Toronto FC threatened again. Since entering the match at CF Montreal 66 he has already insisted on the attack and hanged himself to AltidoreE Minute, come to destroy all his efforts and remove two valuable points in the standing‌.

“I believe it [mon positionnement] That’s fine – this is a heart-wrenching goal, “said Pantemis. Unfortunately, the first person on the wall hovered and the ball went through. Maybe I should have gone a little further to the left. In the end, if it does not turn, there is no goal. We can talk about the meter or two, but what happened. ”

“I’m satisfied with this game because it’s a difficult game to play compared to the context. Before the last 10 seconds, we did what we needed to do,” Wilfried assured Nancy, noting that many of the players on the team were enjoying their first experience in the 401 Derby.

“I’m not interested in the standings of Toronto,” he said. We want to win this match, we’ve close to winning it, but we do not know how to do it until the end [c’est une] Big disappointment for everyone. ”

The final sprint

New York City took on FC5E Rank at the end of the night under a 6-0 win over DC United. The second is now found in 9E Space, behind CF Montreal. The New York Red Bulls and Atlanta United are 6th in a row.E And 7E Keep up with as many points as Montreal (43), but with the game in hand.

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The Wilfried Nancy squad will have to get their feet back on Wednesday when they face Hamilton Forge FC at Tim Hortons Field in the semi-finals of the Canadian Championship. Note that this conflict does not affect the ranking.

Before returning home to Saputo Stadium for the final two games of the season, she will travel to New York to face the Red Bulls next Saturday.