CF Montreal books a ticket to the playoffs with a thrilling draw against Columbus

CF Montreal books a ticket to the playoffs with a thrilling draw against Columbus

CF Montreal booked their first trip to the post-season since 2016 with a dramatic 2-2 draw against the Columbus Crew on Friday night.

Victor Wanyama scored in the 89th minute and Zachary Brault Gaillard scored in stoppage time to allow Montreal (16-9-4) to pick up a point.

Jonathan Mensah and Lucas Zillarin scored for Columbus (9-6-13).

Columbus caught Montreal off guard early in the game, immediately on the front foot. With star signing Cocho Hernandez leading the line, the Crew forced three excellent stops from James Pantemis in 15 minutes.

Around the 20-minute mark, Rommel Coyote and Mason Toy switched places, and the momentum of the game changed.

Mathieu Chouignier played through a great ball and crossed it to Tui, but he couldn’t convert.

Montreal continued to press and created another golden scoring opportunity as time expired in the first half. Mihailovic found himself with a point-blank shot in the box, only to be frustrated as he blocked it.

In the second half, the crew continued to play in a very low defensive block – something most teams going to the Stade Saputo have done with great success.

The breakthrough came in the 66th minute from a set piece Columbus’ way that Mensah rose and headed into the top right corner of the net.

It took less than a minute for Zillarin to double the visitors’ lead with a well-placed volley after the first shot was blocked.

Montreal was given some help for the comeback with 15 minutes remaining when a quick challenge from Luis Diaz saw him off.

The next push yielded a goal as Matko Miljevic’s shot deflected off Wanyama, and one back for the hosts.

With just over three minutes left in stoppage time, Brault Gaillard scored from outside the box, stunning the Columbus keeper to tie the score.

Both teams return to action on September 13 as Montreal hosts the Chicago Fire, while Columbus heads to DRV PRK Stadium to face Inter Miami.

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