29 Jul Portland Timbers vs. FC Cincinnati – Football Match Report – July 28, 2020
The Portland Timbers grabbed a quarterfinal berth within the MLS is Again Event by recording a 4-2 edge in penalty kicks after battling to a 1-1 draw with FC Cincinnati on Tuesday of their Spherical of 16 match close to Orlando.
The Timbers transformed all 4 of their penalty kicks, and goalkeeper Steve Clark atoned for a psychological miscue by making a diving save on Jurgen Locadia within the third spherical. FC Cincinnati’s Kendall Waston shot excessive within the subsequent spherical, and Portland’s Jaroslav Niezgoda transformed to finish the match.
Portland strikes on to a Saturday matchup in opposition to New York Metropolis FC, who posted a 3-1 victory over Toronto FC in a Spherical of 16 conflict on Sunday.
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Niezgoda scored within the 67th minute and Clark completed with 4 saves for the Timbers, who avenged a 3-Zero setback to FC Cincinnati within the teams’ solely different assembly on March 17, 2019.
With Portland nursing a 1-Zero lead late within the second half, Clark inexplicably tried to play the ball along with his ft earlier than finally fouling Locadia within the penalty field. Locadia made Clark pay for his psychological miscue by sending the penalty kick contained in the left submit within the 81st minute for his second aim of the season.
Locadia, nonetheless, was unable to benefit from a golden alternative simply six minutes later, as he misfired on an open web from shut vary.
FC Cincinnati almost opened the scoring within the 61st minute after Mathieu Deplagne deflected dwelling an extended cross by Haris Medunjanin. Video evaluate, nonetheless, revealed that Deplagne was offside.
The Timbers responded in brief order, with Sebastian Blanco exploiting a defensive lapse to maneuver up alongside the aim line earlier than his centering feed was transformed by Niezgoda. The aim was the second in as many matches for Niezgoda, who scored his first in MLS throughout a 2-2 draw with LAFC on Thursday.