CF Montreal books playoff ticket after 2-2 draw with Columbus

MONTREAL — CF Montreal booked their first trip to the playoffs since 2016 with a spectacular 2-2 draw against the Columbus Crew on Friday night.

MONTREAL — CF Montreal booked their first trip to the playoffs since 2016 with a spectacular 2-2 draw against the Columbus Crew on Friday night.

Victor Wanyama scored in the 89th minute and Zachary Brault-Guillard scored in added time to tie the game and give Montreal (16-9-4) a point.

Jonathan Mensah and Lucas Zelarayán scored for Columbus (9-6-13).

Columbus caught Montreal off guard early in the game, immediately putting themselves in front. With star star Cucho Hernandez in the lead, the Crew forced three excellent saves from James Pantemis in the opening 15 minutes.

At around 20 minutes, Romell Quioto and Mason Toye swapped places and the momentum of the match changed.

Mathieu Choinière was crossed by a superb ball and centered it on Toye, but he failed to convert.

Montreal kept pressing and created another golden scoring opportunity as time ticked away in the first half. Mihailovic was left alone in the box with a close-range shot, only to be frustrated when he saw it blocked.

In the second half, the Crew continued to play in a very low defensive block, which many teams visiting Stade Saputo have done with great success.

That success came to Columbus in the 66th minute on a free kick that saw Mensah get up and slot a header into the right corner of the net.

It took less than a minute for Zelarayán to double the visitors’ lead with a well-placed volley after an opening shot was blocked.

Montreal received help to make a comeback with 15 minutes left when a reckless challenge from Luis Diaz saw him sent off.

The ensuing pressure yielded a goal as a Matko Miljevic shot deflected off Wanyama, fending off one for the hosts.

With just three minutes of added time remaining, Brault-Guillard scored from outside the box, surprising the Colomb keeper to level the score.

Both teams are back in action on September 13 as Montreal hosts the Chicago Fire, while Columbus travels to DRV PRK Stadium to take on Inter Miami.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 9, 2022.

Elias Grigoriadis, The Canadian Press

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