CF Montreal got their playoff run off to a good start with a narrow 2-0 victory over Orlando City SC on Sunday night.
In an atmosphere of the greats nights, Stade Saputo was ready to explode even before the national anthems were played.
It was Ismaël Koné who scored CF Montreal's first goal in the 68th minute.
However, we had to be very patient since it was not until the 68th minute that Islmaël Koné opened the scoring with his first career goal in the playoffs and it was also the very first shot on target of the match .
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was then able to ring the bell as the packed house of 19,619 spectators jubilant.
Mihailovic scored the second goal on a penalty kick he himself caused in the stoppage time (90+9). It was the only other shot on target of the game. The shutout went to James Pantemis.
This first playoff victory in Montreal since 2016 allows the Bleu-blanc-noir to extend its season since it will play in the Eastern Conference semi-final next weekend.
We will know the identity of the opponent for this match Monday evening, following the duel between New York City FC and Inter Miami CF.
On the bench as a reserve, Romell Quioto did not play, it is therefore to say that he will take advantage of another week to recover from his thigh injury.
Kei Kamara left the match at the end of the match shaken following contact with the head.
The atmosphere was at its height at Stade Saputo this Sunday for this playoff game.
CF Montreal completely dominated the first half and dictated the pace of the game as Orlando played defensively to seize opportunities counter-attack.
Despite the domination of Montreal, it was the Floridians who had the three best chances to score in the engagement.
But that's not what caught the eye. We can rather look at the work of Ismael Elfath. At first he was very patient with goalkeeper Pedro Gallese who took forever to put the ball back into play. He would have deserved a yellow card early in the game.
Then, at the very end of the first half , César Araujo knocked down Lassi Lappalainen who was outmaneuvering him and Elfath kept his whistle in his pocket.
It was a blatant penalty shot and we didn't even make it to the video review. For the record, Ismael Elfath has just been named official of the year in MLS and he will be at the World Cup.
20MontrealGoalkeeper:J. Pantemis.Defenders:R. Camacho, J. Waterman, K. Miller. Middle: A. Johnston, S. Piett, V. Wanyama, I. Koné (replaced by M. Choinière in the 80th minute), L. Lappalainen. Attacker: D. Mihailovic, K. Kamara (replaced by M. Toye at 90th+1).OrlandoGuardian:P. Gallese.Defenders:R. Teixeira (replaced by M. Halliday in the 88th), R. Schlegel, J. Moutinho, A. Carlos. Midfielder: C. Araújo (replaced by T. Akindele at the 87th), J. de Almeida Júnior (replaced by J. Mulraney at the 77th), F. Torres, M. Pereyra, I. Angulo (replaced by B. Michel at the 77th). Attacker: E. Kara.GoalMontréal : I. Koné (68th), D. Mihailovic (penalty shot, 90th + 9).CartonsMontréal : K. Kamara (52nd), I. Koné (60th). Orlando : A. Carlos (14th), I. Angulo (31st), J. Moutinho (77th), M. Pereyra (90th + 2).
8.5/10 | Ismaël Koné
- He gains confidence as the game progresses and establishes himself in midfield.
8.5/10 | Alistair Johnston
- He is very dynamic in his corridor and tries to bring a lot of offensive animation.
8/10 | Victor Wanyama
- Another dominant game in midfield with several attempts to break through the Florida defensive wall.
8/10 | Samuel Piette
- Very hard defensive work and above all an obvious determination that rubs off on his teammates.
8/10 | Kamal Miller
- He plays an inspired game defensively , It was personal to him and he showed it.
7.5/10 | Rudy Camacho
- A very defensive and controlled game with very few errors.
7.5/10 | Joel Waterman
- A good defensive outing with well-placed tackles.
< strong> 7.5/10 | Kei Kamara
- A lot of work, but not many opportunities to show off in a rather defensive game.< /li>
7.5/10 | Lassi Lappalainen
- He commits technical errors in the offensive phase that kill chances to score. His defensive game is beyond reproach.
7.5/10 | James Pantemis
- He's not very busy, but reacts well in important moments.
7.5/10 | Djordje Mihailovic
- A game that was a little too discreet, but he provided a crucial pass on Koné's goal. He causes a penalty shot at the end of the match and scores.