CF Montreal erased a two-goal deficit by scoring three times in 15 minutes at the end of the second half, recording a 5-4 victory over FC Cincinnati as the Montreal team returned to Stade Saputo after a 10-month absence .
Ahmed Hamdi was the hero of the match, scoring the tying goal in the 74th minute and the game-winning goal in the 87th. Mason Toye continued to show off his offensive talent with a brace, his fifth and sixth goals of the season.
Joaquin Torres scored the other goal for CF Montreal (6-3-4), which recorded a third consecutive victory and a first in four tries against the Ohio club.
Torres, who was making his first start with the team, was CF Montreal’s most dynamic player offensively.
With any luck, he could have finished the game with at least three goals, as two of his shots hit the woodwork of Kenneth Vermeer’s goal.
“Not surprised. That’s why I threw it on, ”coach Wilfried Nancy said of Torres’ performance. “I felt this was his moment. We have prepared a system to get the best out of him on the pitch.
“Joaquin, what he did tonight, he had done it several times during training and when he came in too. It was more of a system situation, and today we played the same system, but it was time to put it tactically. “
With this victory, Montreal tied two team records by playing a sixth consecutive game without defeat (4-0-2) and scoring five goals in the same game. The team had not achieved such a feat since September 20, 2017 in Toronto.
It was also the first time that Montreal participated in an MLS meeting where nine goals were scored.
“The craziest game I’ve ever been to, not even close,” Toye said. “But first, just to talk about the fans, they were amazing. Five thousand, but we were all talking in the locker room afterwards, it sounded like at least 15,000. So I can only imagine that when we have a full stadium it will be electric. “
Brenner led FC Cincinnati’s offense with two goals, one early in the first half and a second that seemed to stun Montreal in the 46th minute of play.
Haris Medunjanin and Gustavo Valecilla also beat goaltender James Pantemis, who played his first MLS game at Stade Saputo.
CF Montreal will play its next two away games, July 21 against New York City FC and July 25 in New England against Revolution.
Bad luck and clumsiness put CF Montreal in a precarious position even before the first 15 minutes of play.
“Mental mistakes we can’t make,” Toye said. “Because against teams with a little more quality, the game can be over. It’s a lesson learned and luckily we were able to get three points. But we cannot make these mental mistakes and these little mistakes that we have made today. “
In the second minute of the game, Torres fired a powerful shot that hit the crossbar.
Four minutes later, the Ohio team opened the scoring when Medunjanin took advantage of a Victor Wanyama mistake to beat Pantemis.
In the 10th minute, it was Mathieu Choinière’s turn to see his shot hit the post to Vermeer’s left. Djordje Mihailovic sent the rebound wide.
Once again, it took FC Cincinnati four minutes to injure Nancy’s men. Brenner took advantage of Pantemis’ nonchalance in front of the front goal to grab the ball and push it into an empty net.
Seven minutes later, Toye brought CF Montreal back into the game with his fifth goal of the season, heading a cross from Lassi Lappalainen.
Torres followed this in the 34th minute, hopping on a loose ball after Vermeer blocked a shot from Wanyama.
Vallecilla gave his side the lead in the 42nd minute after a free kick by Alvaro Barreal.
In the first half timeout, Torres was again denied by post.
Brenner scored early in the second half.
CF Montreal found a way to erase the two-goal deficit, thanks to Toye’s second goal, on a 72nd-minute penalty, and Hamdi’s first of the game two minutes later.
Hamdi got the fans out of their seats a second time, in the 87th minute.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 17, 2021.