MONTREAL – CF Montreal was looking to win back-to-back games since the last time they did it back in July when they hosted the Chicago Fire at Saputo Stadium.
Montreal extinguishes Chicago Fire to win back to back games
A tight first half :
The home side got its first real scoring opportunity in the 12th minute off a free-kick but Victor Wanyama’s header would go wide and the game stayed 0-0. Six minutes later it was the Fire turn to attack and Mauricio Pineda thought he scored off a header but James Pantemis made an amazing save to shut the door.
Only a minute later Pantemis was sprung into action again making a diving save off a shot from distance to keep Montreal and Chicago level. In the 22nd minute, Joaquin Torres was alone on keeper Gabriel Slonina but he managed to take the ball from him.
The first half finished 0-0 with both teams looking for a crucial three points to keep themselves in the tight playoff race.
Montreal dominates the second half :
In the first 20 minutes of the second half, Montreal was in full control as they kept pushing and applying the pressure on the Chicago defense and testing their young goalkeeper looking for the first goal of the game. In the 59 minute, Montreal took the lead when Romell Quioto got a great pass from Djorde Mihailovic and beat Sloninia to open the scoring and make it 1-0 Montreal.
Montreal took the momentum of scoring first and kept looking for more and Ahmed Hamdi thought he had one in the 72nd minute but his shot would hit the side of the net. Hamdi scored the second goal of the game in the 80th minute when he managed to tip a pass from Mathieu Choiniere to double Montreal’s lead.
After three minutes of added time, the final whistle blew and Montreal had secured a 2-0 win over Chicago and are now on a two-game win streak and jumped from 7th to 5th in the Eastern Conference with the win. CF Montreal will look to keep its win streak alive as they will travel next to Columbus to face the Crew on Saturday.