REPORT | DC United 0-1 Philadelphia Union

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Kacper Przybylko was the hero for Philadelphia as his goal in first-half stoppage time ensured a 1-0 win over DC United at Audi Field.


Przybylko did brilliantly to time his run and prod the ball past Jon Kempin in the DC United goal after Jamiro Monteiro's lobbed through ball. Despite the original offside call, VAR stepped in to overturn the decision and award Union the goal.


Jose Martinez returned to the starting XI, having missed the last four games through suspension. New signing Daniel Gazdag was on the substitutes bench for the first time.


DC United was forced into an early substitution as Julian Gressel replaced Edison Flores.


The first chance of the game came in the seventh minute. Leon Flach found himself in acres of space 30 yards from goal and tried his luck, but it sailed wide of the goal.


Flach came close as he dinked a shot over Jon Kempin. However, DC had men on the line and headed the ball back into the hands of Kempin.


Adrien Perez was denied by brilliant defending from Jakob Glesnes moments later. United did well to get forward, and Perez created space for himself. His goal-bound effort looked set to worry Andre Blake, but Glesnes came out of nowhere with a brave sliding block, and the ball went out for a corner.

Blake did well to deny Paul Arriola in the 24th minute. DC won a free-kick on the edge of the area after Martinez committed a foul. Arriola stepped up and drilled a low effort towards the bottom corner, which Blake did well to get down quickly and push away.


Perez had another good chance in the 38th minute. He did well to get past Jack Elliott and tried a left-footed shot from outside the area. However, the effort proved to be an easy save for Blake, who caught the ball.


The Union came so close to scoring before half-time. Olivier Mbaizo's cross found its way to Flach on the left, and he cut it back to Jamiro Monteiro. Monteiro's shot on the stretch looked destined for the back of the net until Brendan Hines-Ike got himself in the way, and the ball ended up in the hands of Kempin.


Kacper Przybylko gave Philadelphia the lead shortly after. Monteiro's chipped ball over the top was an excellent one, and Przybylko got in behind the DC defence, and he did well to poke it past Kempin into the bottom corner. The goal was initially ruled out for offside, but after a VAR check, it showed that Przybylko had perfectly timed his run.