CF Montreal fall short after draw with Inter Miami CF

CF Montreal fall short as Inter Miami CF tied the game late and share points on August 6, 2022

MONTREAL, QC – CF Montreal fall short of a win as they had a 2-1 lead in the game. Inter Miami CF, the visitors, responded by scoring a late goal to equalize the game and secure points.

CF Montreal fall short thanks to a late Inter Miami CF goal

Another fast start for CF Montreal

Four minutes into the game, it was Montreal who opened the scoring. Samuel Piette found Romell Quioto who was able to volley kick the ball past the Inter Miami goalkeeper Drake Callendar for his 10-goal of the season and another early 1-0 lead.

It didn’t take long for the visitors to respond as less than two minutes later as Gonzalo Higuain was able to split the Montreal defence and beat James Pantemis, who was back in the net to level the game at one. In the 19-minute,  there was a bit of drama as Mason Toye had a chance at goal but argued there was a handball.

The referee decided to go to VAR to have a second look at the play and upon further review, it was deemed a handball he pointed to the spot and Quioto had no issues burying the ball into the back of the net to give his team the 2-1 lead in the 22nd minute for his 11th of the season.

The first half finished with the home side up by looking to keep their unbeaten streak alive and secure a second consecutive victory, in the previous game, CF Montreal defeated Columbus Crew SC on the road.

CF Montreal can’t hang on

Four minutes into the second half Toye had a great chance from just inside the box. However, he was denied by Callendar who made the diving save. On the ensuing play, it was Djordje Mihailovic’s turn to test Callendar but once again the Inter Miami CF keeper made another big save.

The visitors earned a corner in the 54-minute but the kick was deflected over the bar by Pantemis who was there to push the ball out of danger. Two minutes later with Inter Miami pressing for the equalizer, it was Alejandro Pozuelo who was recently acquired from Toronto FC testing Pantemis but he was able to make the save.

In the 79-minute, it was Emerson Rodriguez with a chance to tie the game but Pantemis made a big save once again to keep his team’s lead alive on the follow up he found the loose ball and managed to put it into the net to level the game at 2-2.

After five minutes of added time, the final whistle blew and CF Montreal had extended their unbeaten streak and gained a valuable point to cement their spot in third place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Nancy was not pleased with the result

CF Montreal head coach Wilfried Nancy wasn’t happy with his team conceding that goal but thinks his team played a good game.

“Miami is not the same team from last year. At times they kept us off balance in the first half. We had a hard time setting up. I have regrets about the second goal because the decision-making was not good. But for the rest, we played a good second half. I would have liked us to be more decisive when we found the players between the lines.”

Samuel Piette disappointed with the result

“Firstly, the result is disappointing when you look at the pace of the game. It’s a draw that feels like a loss, but at the same time we remain 10 points above the playoff line and we remain undefeated in five games.”

Quioto is happy he reached the double digits in goals

“I’m very happy and proud to have reached the 10-goal mark this season. I always said that I came to Montreal to work and that I was not going to let the Club down. I will continue to work to do what is best for the team.”

CF Montreal will be back in action next Saturday as they make the trip to Houston, Texas to face the Dynamo.

Photo Credit: Inter Miami CF on August 6, 2022.