You can't say you're bored when CF Montreal plays against FC Cincinnati. This was once again the case this Saturday in a 4-3 victory for the Bleu-blanc-noir which entertained the 14,225 spectators at Stade Saputo.
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Montreal led 2-1 before returning to the locker room thanks to goals from Joel Waterman (21st) and Romell Quioto (45 4) after Junior Moreno opened the scoring in the 12th minute.
In the second half, the meeting took on the appearance of a confrontation between two heavyweight boxers. You know the kind of fight where the defense takes the edge and in which we hit the pear blow for blow.
Mathieu Choinière made it 3-1 in the first minute of the second half, but Cincinnati came back through Alvaro Barreal (51st).
Montreal regained a two-goal lead over Quioto's second of the game (59th) who scored on a penalty shot awarded afterwards. A video review.
It was without counting on Moreno who scored his second of the match on a superb shot (63rd).
Montreal snapped a two-game losing streak in MLS and moved up to 3rd place in the Eastern Conference. The team will now be on hiatus until June 18 due to the international break.
Hard on defense
The Montreal defenders had a very difficult evening by committing several errors, but especially by failing to manage the opposing pressure.
Cincinnati had fun exploiting the spaces between the Montreal defenders, striking down the aisles, especially down the right, where Luciano Acosta used his speed to slot in between Alistair Johnston and Joel Waterman.
We can at least say that by scoring in the first half, Waterman equaled a team record in MLS with a seventh goal scored by a defender, a mark established in 2013 and 2021. It should fall this year.
And if we are absolutely looking for a little positive in the defensive game, Lassi Lappalainen had a better one than his teammates. He seems to be starting to feel comfortable in his position.
The match could have been expensive as the team's point guard, Djordje Mihailovic, left the game in the 17th minute after twisting his left ankle minutes earlier.
It's bad luck for the American midfielder who has been called up by his national team for the matches of the international break which is starting.
Mihailovic was spotted on the team bench and wearing an ankle bandage.
8.5 / 10: Romell Quioto
7.5 / 10: Joaquin Torres
7,5 / 10: In Kamara
7/10: Lassi Lappalainen
7/10: Mathieu Choinière
7/10: Victor Animals
7 / 10: Samuel Piette
6,5 / 10 : Kamal Miller
6.5 / 10 : Ahmed Hamdi
6 / 10 : Alistair Johnston
6 / 10 : Rudy Camacho
5.5 / 10: Sebastian Breza