26 Jul Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution – Football Match Report – July 25, 2020
Sergio Santos scored together with his last contact of the sport, and the Philadelphia Union continued their unbeaten run on the MLS is Again Event with a 1-Zero victory over the New England Revolution within the Spherical of 16 on Saturday night time close to Orlando, Fla.
The objective was Santos’ first since March 8, Philadelphia’s second common season sport earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic halted MLS play for 4 months.
His 65th-minute exit, coming instantly following the celebration of his 63rd-minute objective, accomplished his longest look of the match after starting it on the Union’s damage report.
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Andre Blake made 5 saves for a second shutout of the match to seal a spot within the quarterfinals, the place the Union will play the winners of Sunday’s match between Sporting Kansas Metropolis and the Vancouver Whitecaps.
New England was shut out for a second consecutive match, going scoreless for the final 219 minutes of the match in total. With playmaker Carles Gil sidelined for 4 out of six matches in all competitions this yr, the Revolution have scored solely 4 objectives.
Revolution coach Bruce Enviornment acquired a pink card for abusive language following the ultimate whistle.
New England had been pressuring for a lot of the second half earlier than Philadelphia went forward. Tajon Buchanan practically picked out the highest nook on the close to submit from a good angle within the 52nd minute, and Blake did nicely to push away Gustavo Bou’s knuckling free kick 4 minutes later.
Philadelphia went forward seven minutes after that on a sequence that started when New England’s assault fizzled on the different finish.
Finally Jamiro Monteiro bought the ball about 35 yards from objective and looped a ball over the backline into the run of Santos, who managed the ball on his thigh together with his first contact and together with his second hammered a vicious half-volley previous Matt Turner into the online.
New England pressed ahead for an equalizer. Blake reacted rapidly sufficient to push Adam Buksa’s header over the bar within the 66th minute, then comfortably managed Bou’s free kick from distance within the first minute of second-half stoppage time.