A pair of late goals ended up giving Montreal a deserved 2-2 draw at home against the Columbus Crew in Friday’s MLS action.
In a clash between two of the Eastern Conference’s top-six teams, no goals were scored in the first 65 minutes, before Jonathan Mensah broke the deadlock for the visiting team.
Columbus centre-back Mensah was up for an indirect free kick, and after working the ball around to the wing, right-back Steven Moreira’s cross found him near the penalty spot where he connected on a perfect looping header back across to the far post.
Just two minutes later, in the 68th, Lucas Zelarayan unleashed a speculative effort from outside the box, which was blocked, but it bounced right back to him for a second crack which would beat the goalkeeper into the bottom-right corner.
That 2-0 lead would hold until the final minutes, but after a red card to Luis Diaz, the 10-men Crew finally got on the scoreboard when Victor Wanyama was able to intentionally deflect a long-range shot to wrong-foot the keeper in the 89th.
With six minutes of stoppage time to survive to get the three points, Columbus could not protect their lead, with Montreal substitute Zachary Brault-Guillard connecting on a low daisy-cutter from outside the box into the bottom-left corner to snatch a draw at the death.
The advanced stats say it was a deserved point for Montreal, who created 2.16 expected goals, while Columbus only had 0.66.
— x – CF Montréal (@cfmontreal) September 10, 2022