Montreal Impact beat FC Cincinnati 5-4 in an MLS thriller with nine goals this weekend.
In a game with plenty of twists and turns, Cincinnati gave up the lead on two occasions with Montreal finally sealing its victory with an 87th minute winner.
The away side got off to a perfect start and was 2-0 with less than a quarter played. A few minutes after Montreal had hit the crossbar, Haris Medunjanin took Cincinnati’s first, and finished impressively with a left throw outside the penalty area.
The hosts then beat the woodwork for the second time. They were then made to run their waste when Brenner took advantage of James Pantemi’s lack of concentration, stole the ball from the goalkeeper’s foot and set Cincinnati up two goals with the simplest finish.
Montreal responded well to this setback and netted twice in quick succession to even things out. First, Mason Toye nodded a cross home and then Joaquin Torres knocked home again from Victor Wanyama’s saved effort.
Just before the break, Cincinnati hit their noses back when Gustavo Vallecilla volleyed home Alvaro Barreal’s free kick. They then made it 4-2 in just 40 seconds into the second half with Brenner taking his second game.
Visitors would have expected to see things from here, but Montreal refused to go to bed. With just under 20 minutes to play, Toye won and converted a penalty. Seconds later, Ahmed Hamdy leveled things and hit home from the inside box.
Final from Montreal. #MTLvCIN | #FCCincy pic.twitter.com/yIXHBFMLVV
– FC Cincinnati (@fccincinnati) July 18, 2021
Hamdy would then win it for his side at death and make the most of any horrible Cincinnati defending with a real sniper.
Surprisingly, the game is not ranked as one of the top five matches in MLS history. Highest credit to LA Galaxy and Colorado Rapids, who played a 7-4 thriller in 1998. Four other races have also seen ten goals.