The game started off roaring with end-to-end action as the teams traded goals in the opening 15 minutes.
DC United were forced to burn a submarine early when striker Gelmin Rivas injured himself after a collision with Montreal goalkeeper Clement Diop. Both players were shaken up on the game, but Diop stayed on while Rivas was replaced by Ola Kamara.
Still, the hosts were on the front foot to start, putting pressure on the Montreal back line which culminated with the opening of Donovan Pines in the 9th minute. The defender rose to respond to a Julian Gressel corner and conceded a header into the net to give DC the 1-0 lead.
But Montreal would respond as soon as possible, as Bojan crashed at the far post after a long throw-in, scoring at home a tap-in finish on a Quioto stream four minutes later.
DC regained the lead in the 33rd minute on another corner kick, this time from Kamara, who led Edison Flores’ thread, giving DC a 2-1 result that would have secured their playoff positioning. playoffs if they could have seen IT out.
It wasn’t, as Montreal found the leveler on a set piece in the 74th minute, as Wanyama started the comeback with a thunderous header on a flow of Quioto.
Quioto then landed the dagger just before the second half timeout, converting a close range finish at the end of a counterattack, sealing the final 3-2 and clinching the playoff spot of Montreal.
- 9 ‘- DC – Donovan Pines | REGARDER
- 13 ‘- MTL – Bojan | WATCH
- 33 ‘- DC – Ola Kamara | WATCH
- 74 ‘- MTL – Victor Animals | REGARDER
- 88 ‘- MTL – Romell Quioto | REGARDER
- THE BIG IMAGE: It’s a crush for DC United, who were only minutes away from reclaiming a playoff spot after a tough season that saw the departure of longtime head coach Ben Olsen, before a late-season resurgence under interim coach Chad Ashton. Instead, it’s the Impact that will head to the playoffs, a great achievement for head coach Thierry Henry and his team, who themselves have faced a lot of adversity this season and deserve to. be congratulated on a great match performance that got them in the dance.
- TIME OF THE MATCH: It was Wanyama’s equalizer that reversed the scenario of the game and the image of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Romell Quioto put the team on the back when they needed him most, helping to equalize and take matters into their own hands with the winner.
- DC: End of the season
- MTL: Friday, November 20 at New England Revolution (6:30 p.m. ET | FS1, FOX Deportes in US; TSN, TVAS in Canada) | 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, Play-In Match