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Sports: Late goal gives CF Montréal road victory against Red Bulls

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Romell Quioto’s known for his goal-scoring prowess, but the Honduran international was presented with a gift Saturday afternoon.

CF Montréal's Djordje Mihailovic (8) and New York Red Bulls midfielder Cristian Casseres Jr. (23) battle for the ball at Red Bull Arena on Saturday, April 9, 2022, in Harrison, N.J. © Provided by The Gazette CF Montréal's Djordje Mihailovic (8) and New York Red Bulls midfielder Cristian Casseres Jr. (23) battle for the ball at Red Bull Arena on Saturday, April 9, 2022, in Harrison, N.J.

A second-half substitute, Quioto took advantage of miscommunication in CF Montréal’s 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls before 15,734 spectators at Red Bull Arena.

The winning goal, in the 81st minute, started off a long ball from Rudy Camacho. Red Bulls goalkeeper Carlos Coronel was 40 yards out of his net but, because of a lack of communication between him and defender Tom Edwards, Quioto pounced on the turnover, easily scoring into the open net.

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The goal also presented CF Montréal manager Wilfried Nancy a welcomed gift on his 45th birthday.

Camacho’s header, in the 71st, tied the score after Omir Fernandez scored the game’s opening goal, in the 14th, as the visitors, as is becoming their habit, surrendered an early score.

After producing a mind-boggling seven goals over their last two road matches — including three in each of the opening halves — it was expected CFM would struggle offensively against the Red Bulls, who were attempting to tie an MLS record with a 19th consecutive game in which they held opponents under two goals.

CF Montréal improved to 2-3-1 and is undefeated in its last three contests, winning for only the second time in 13 road games against the Red Bulls. New York’s now 3-2-1.

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Early in the match, the Red Bulls nearly struck when a header by Luquinhas, making his first MLS start, went over the net. And then, in the eighth minute, following a bad clear by goalkeeper Sebastian Breza, captain Victor Wanyama was forced to take a yellow card. Lewis Morgan’s free kick, from just outside the box, went high and wide.

The visitors continued being badly outplayed before the Red Bulls opened the scoring with their early goal. Fernandez’s shot, from approximately 20 yards, deflected off Camacho’s foot as the French defender turned his back on the play. The deflection caught Breza going the wrong way.

It nearly became a two-goal deficit in the 26th as striker Kei Kamara was forced to clear two shots — one by Sean Nealis — off the goal-line, as CFM was totally disorganized defensively.

But just when it appeared everything was working against CF Montréal, they started mounting an attack.

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The sequence began in the 33rd. Djordje Mihailovic, streaking down the right side, took a low shot. The ball deflected off the hand of Coronel before striking the far post.

Two minutes later, Canadian international defender Kamal Miller had a sharp-angle opportunity from the right side. But his left-footed strike was thwarted by Coronel. Finally, in the 39th, Sunusi Ibrahim, making his first start this season after being hospitalized earlier with malaria, took a looping header that went agonizingly wide.

Although New York at one point had a 5-0 advantage in shots, the Red Bulls were outshot 6-5 in the opening half. But shots on target favoured New York, 3-2. The possession was fairly even.

The Red Bulls nearly made something out of nothing following the intermission. In the 51st, Luquinhas, from inside the box, was just wide of the far post past a diving Breza.

Quioto replaced Ibrahim in the 61st. Quioto missed last Saturday’s victory at Cincinnati while recovering from COVID-19.

After playing five of their first six matches on the road, CFM finally makes its Saputo Stadium debut next Saturday afternoon, hosting the Vancouver Whitecaps.

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