Danladi caps Minnesota comeback in upset 3-2 win over fading Impact
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, September 16, 2017 9:44PM EDT
Substitute Abu Danladi scored in the 89th minute as Minnesota United dealt the Montreal Impact's playoff hopes a body blow with a 3-2 victory before a sellout crowd of 20,801 at Saputo Stadium on Saturday night.
Blerim Dzemaili put Montreal ahead 2-1 in the 55th minute but Christain Ramirez responded in the 68th and Danladi got the game-winner as he stepped around Laurent Ciman and beat Evan Bush with a blast from the right side.
Patrice Bernier had the opening goal for Montreal (10-12-6), which lost a fourth game in a row -- three of them at home. The Impact's schedule doesn't get easier as they play at first-place Toronto on Wednesday night and at Atlanta next Saturday.
Christan Ramirez also scored for Minnesota (8-15-5), which was coming off a 3-0 loss Wednesday night in Vancouver.
The Impact came out strong and got a goal nine minutes in when Anthony Jackson-Hamel slipped the ball into the 18-yard box to Dazemaili, who side-footed it to Bernier at the far post to score from close range. It was the Impact captain's first regular-season goal since 2013, although he had two during the 2015 playoffs.
Ignacio Piatti wasted a chance to put the home side up by two four minutes later. He was stopped from the penalty spot by Bobby Shuttleworth after video review ruled that Jerome Thiessen had blocked a Daniel Lovitz pass with his arm.
It was Minnesota's turn in the 21st when a pass went off Victor Cabrera's arm and referee Ted Unkel pointed to the spot. Molino made no mistake with a hard, low shot to Bushes' right side.
The Impact seemed to lose focus after the setbacks, and Minnesota had a handful of chances through the rest of the half.
A moment after Dzemaili was shown the yellow card for arguing a non-call after he'd been tripped, the Swiss international scored from the edge of the box off a clever headed back pass from Michael Salazar.
But a Molino free kick in the 67th saw Minnesota equalize as the ball was played back and forth across the front of the goal, with Ibson chipping the ball across for Ramirez to nod in his 12th of the season.