CF Montreal celebrated Wilfried Nancy’s 50th game at the helm with a 2-1 win thanks to a Mathieu Choinière strike early in the second half this Saturday at the Stade Saputo.
It could not have been more perfect as a Saint Jean Baptiste celebration in front of 13,520 spectators. Choinière started down the left flank early in the second half and ran away to hook Nacho Piatti in the opposition’s penalty area, framing his shot in the top corner in the 47th minute.
The Quebecer from St-Alexandre scored ahead of the Ultras, who made a surprise return to the Stade Saputo on Saturday night. In the win, Romell Quioto had a goal and an assist.
Montreal also had a much better second half than the first, which didn’t finish.
The Bleu-Blanc-Noir faced a fairly reduced Charlotte team with ten players remaining in North Carolina due to COVID protocol.
However, the Montreal team had to work hard to earn their first win since returning from international break after losing to Austin and another to Toronto in the semi-finals of the Canadian Championship.
Montreal had been ruled out in both games. But in the night’s biggest column, CF Montreal moved up to second place in the MLS Eastern Conference on 26 points, down one spot from New York City FC, who played two games fewer.
Montreal will play its next two games away, visiting Seattle next Wednesday and the Los Angeles Galaxy on July 4th.
Montreal set the tone with a Romell Quioto goal in the 6th minute after a nice pass from Zachary Brault-Guillard who did a good job down the right.
But Charlotte answered quickly, three minutes later. Sebastian Breza miscleared a free kick by punching an opponent’s feet. It all ended with a touch behind goal by Guzman Corujo.
And Charlotte was busy breaking the rhythm with many “wounds” followed by miracle cures.
During this time, Montreal controlled the ball and succeeded with his passes, but did nothing useful as the build-up remains complicated without Djordje Mihailovic.
82 minutes | Karol Swiderski (CLT) has the equalizer on the toe and misses a gaping goal, CF Montreal escapes with it at the end of the game
78 minutes | Mason Toye (MTL), freshly placed in Wilfried Nancy’s XI, deflects Romell Quioto’s (MTL) cross and comes within inches of doubling Montreal’s lead
70 minutes | Victor Wanyama (MTL) maneuvers well and lands a curling shot that just misses
57 minutes | CF Montreal quickly counterattack, Mathieu Choinière (MTL) draws, the Charlotte FC defense brigade intervenes
47 minutes | TARGET MTL 2-1 Mathieu Choinière (MTL), fresh off the second half, benefits from a great setback from Romell Quioto (MTL) and poses as Ignacio Piatti, 2-1 CF Montreal
46th minute | Beginning of the second half
45 + 4 | Joaquín Torres (MTL) spontaneously tries a diversion, but without success
37 minutes | Alistair Johnston (MTL) skillfully crosses the ball for Romell Quioto (MTL), who misses the volley
18 minutes | Samuel Piette (MTL) delivers a powerful right footstep, but the ball misses the target a few yards over the net
9 minutes | TOR CLT 1-1 The jubilation at Stade Saputo is short-lived as Guzmán Corujo (CLT) captures a loose ball in the penalty area and creates the tie
6 minutes | TOR MTL 1-0 Romell Quioto (MTL) scores his sixth goal of the season and CFM take an early lead
2 minutes | Joaquín Torres (MTL) cautions goalkeeper George Marks (CLT) with a left-footed shot
1st minute | beginning of the game
According to the Charlotte Observer newspaper, 10 athletes from the expansion team did not make the journey to Quebec. However, it is not specified if these players contracted the coronavirus or if they were unable to cross the border due to the vaccine.
Additionally, Charlotte reportedly attempted to reschedule the game, but Major League Soccer reportedly denied her request.
Take the top position
After back-to-back defeats, one to Austin in MLS and one to Toronto in the Canadian championship, the Montreal team will have been careful not to ruin their good work of the previous months by falling down the standings since returning from the international break. to produce.
Right now, Montreal sits fifth in the East with 23 points in 15 games. Charlotte, on the other hand, is eighth with 20 points in 16 games, one short of the playoffs.
It is the second duel this season between Montreal and the expansion team. On May 14, the Impact won 2-0 in Charlotte in one of Montreal’s previous benchmark games this season.
We did a spring cleaning at the Charlotte camp by thanking head coach Miguel Angel Ramirez and three of his assistants. The team haven’t changed their style of play all that much since then, Nancy said at a press conference yesterday.
Once again, the absence of attacking midfielder Djordje Mihailovic is likely to hurt the Montrealers, who are struggling to score without the prolific number 8, who has had one hell of a season before the knee injury that kept him out of the game for a few weeks. However, Nancy hinted that the American is making good progress in his fitness.
Montreal are also hoping to see Finnish winger Lassi Lappalainen, who is out of COVID protocol, back in action tonight.