Jeremy Ebobisse’s left foot shot placed the Portland Timbers on the scoreboard in the first half, and Diego Valeri added an insurance goal in the second half to lead the Timbers to a 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night at MLS. Return tournament in Florida.
With the win, the Timbers stayed atop Group F of the tournament and clinched a berth in the knockout round. The Timbers still have a group stage game to play against Los Angeles FC, but with 6 points the Timbers can’t finish worse. second in their group. The top two teams from the six groups will advance to the knockout stages, with the next four best teams from one of the groups.
Houston was awarded a penalty for a handball in the box by Timbers’ Jorge Villafana, and Dynamo’s Alberth Elis took advantage of the 86th minute to shoot 2-1. But that was all the Dynamo could muster.
Here is a summary of the Timbers-Dynamo match:
Full time: The Timbers beat the Houston Dynamo 2-1. With 6 points, the Timbers extend their lead to the top of the Group F standings and win a place in the knockout stages of the knockout stages.
90e minute +1: There is 6 minutes of additional time. The Timbers try to hold back the shorthanded Dynamo and escape with the win. Timbers 2, Dynamo 1.
88th minute: Alberth Elis receives a red card (his second yellow) after defeating Bill Tuiloma in a run down the right side of the pitch. So now the Dynamo is playing with 10 men. This follows a replacement in Houston, with Tommy McNamara coming in to replace Boniek Garcia. Wood 2, Dynamo 1.
86e minute: Goal Dynamo. Alberth Elis scores on the penalty kick, sending it to the right side of the goal after Steve Clark. Wood 2, Dynamo 1.
85e minute: After a VAR exam, the official awarded a penalty kick to Dynamo due to a handball in the area a few minutes ago by Jorge Villafana on a deflection just after a header.
84e minute: Sebastian Blanco sends a nice cross in the middle of the box to Jaroslaw Niezgoda, but sends it far too high.
78th minute: Sebastian Blanco hits a shot in time with the rhythm from the left side of the box, but Marko Maric hits it for a corner from the Timbers. Out of the corner, Valeri retrieves it, tries to curl up in a shot, but it is far from the goal. Wood 2, Dynamo 0.
72e minute: Marvin Loria has a solid chance, but his shot is saved by Maric. A minute later, it’s a hydration break. Wood 2, Dynamo 0.
69th minute: Forward Jaroslaw Niezgoda replaces Ebobisse. Additionally, the Timbers are calling on Marvin Loria to replace Eryk Williamson. Wood 2, Dynamo 0.
67th minute: Bill Tuiloma stops Tomas Martinez’s shot, leading to a Dynamo corner kick. The Timbers cross the corner, however. Wood 2, Dynamo 0.
61e minute: Goal Timbers. Diego Valeri Portland places 2-0. Eryk Williamson passes to Valeri from the right side of the box. Valeri collects, makes a move, takes a hit and bounces it off the right post. Maric had no chance. Valeri now needs one more goal to join the elite society in the MLS 80 goals and 80 assists club. Timbers 2, Dynamo 0.
60e minute: The game’s first replacement, as Andy Polo of Portland comes in to replace Yimmi Chara. Wood 1, Dynamo 0.
59e minute: Sebastian Blanco emerges from a run, catches the pass from Diego Valeri and knocks it out of Maric, but the ball passes just to the right of the goal. Wood 1, Dynamo 0.
48e minute: The Dynamo sends in a dangerous corner, but it is finally erased. Wood 1, Dynamo 0.
Half time: At halftime, the Portland Timbers led 1-0 thanks to Jeremy Ebobisse’s nice goal in the 36th minute.
45e minute +1: Memo Rodriguez receives a yellow card for eliminating Eryk Williamson from Portland.
45e minute: Steve Clark reverses his line to challenge Mauro Manotas as he sprints into the area. It finishes off a good shot, even if it leads to a Houston corner. The Dynamo can’t convert the corner and Clark pounces on it. Wood 1, Dynamo 0.
43e minute: Alberth Elis with a shot from the right side of the box, but it’s a routine save for Steve Clark. Wood 1, Dynamo 0.
38th minute: Good luck for Houston, but Alberth Elis’ shot is wide to the right. Wood 1, Dynamo 0.
36e minute: Goal Timbers. Jeremy Ebobisse with an excellent left-footed shot that steals by Maric and gives the Timbers the first lead. It is the second goal of Ebobisse of the tournament. Wood 1, Dynamo 0.
35th minute: The Timbers look good, but still no goals. Yimmi Chara’s shot is repelled by Maric, then Chara can’t set foot on Sebastian Blanco’s pretty cross. Wood 0, Dynamo 0.
31e minute: Diego Chara fouls Matias Vera, and Dynamo gets a free kick just outside the box. Darwin Quintero completed the free kick, but it was largely to the right of the goal. Wood 0, Dynamo 0.
24e minute: Eryk Williamson of the Timbers draws a yellow card for a tackle on Memo Rodriguez. And soon after, it’s a hydration break. Wood 0, Dynamo 0.
21st minute: Sebastian Blanco’s shot from the ground has a lot of rhythm but is just to the left. Wood 0, Dynamo 0.
17e minute: Yimmi Chara gets a good glimpse from the middle of the box after a pass from Jeremy Ebobisse, but is saved by Marko Maric of Houston. Wood 0, Dynamo 0.
16e minute: Dynamo get a free kick just outside the box after Bill Tuiloma fouled Mauro Manotas. The free trial ricochets off the wall and into the arms of Steve Clark. Always aimless.
10e minute: Houston’s Mauro Manotas tries a shot from a distance, but it’s an easy save for Steve Clark.
7th minute: Pablo Bonilla goes down after colliding with Maynor Figueroa of Houston. Bonilla is doing well for the moment. This leads to a free kick for Portland and a yellow card for Figueroa.
Opening minutes: The match is underway after the two teams have taken a short time to kneel before kick-off. The Timbers get an early glimpse with a Bill Tuiloma header after a Diego Valeri cross, but it’s saved.
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Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo
What: Group F match at MLS is Back tournament
When: 5 p.m. PDT / 8 p.m. EDT Saturday, July 18
Or: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex | Lake Buena Vista, Floride
TV channel: ESPN
How To Watch Live Stream Online: You can watch this match live on Watch ESPN / Watch ESPN apps with the connection of your cable or satellite provider, or you can Watch this game live for FREE with Hulu + Live (free trial) or Sling TV (free trial, promotional offers), if you prefer these platforms.
Latest odds: Wood +125 | Draw +280 | Dynamo +190
Preliminary information: Jeremy Ebobisse and Sebastian Blanco scored the goals for the Timbers in their opener, a 2-1 win over LA Galaxy on Monday. With a victory on Saturday night, Portland would clinch a berth in the knockout round.
The Timbers are at the top of Group F and they have expressed their confidence this week. But goalkeeper Steve Clark also acknowledged that there was still a lot of football in the group game.
“Anyone can beat anyone at any time,” said Clark. “When you enter this fairly unique tournament, you will be in chaos. Which is great fun for everyone involved. We feel good in our first match, but that does not mean that we are far from leaving our group. “
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