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Report | Philadelphia Union 1-1 Montreal Impact

Updated: Aug 23, 2021

Quinn Sullivan's late goal ensured that the Union stretched their unbeaten home run to nine games as they drew 1-1 to Montreal Impact.

Sullivan's fierce strike from 20 yards flew into the back of the net, leaving Sebastien Breza with no chance.

Dorde Mihailovic had given Montreal the lead as he managed to latch onto a great pass by Joaquin Torres and slot past Andre Blake.

Jim Curtin made three changes to the side that beat New York City FC in midweek. Olivier Mbaizo returned from suspension whilst Cory Burke came back into the starting XI, having been rested in recent fixtures. Jamiro Monteiro returned to the line-up, having missed the last few weeks of action due to personal reasons.

Davo made his first appearance in the matchday squad after his loan move to the Union was completed at the start of the month.

Sergio Santos and Cory Burke were causing Montreal early problems, and in the 17th minute, Santos almost created a goal. The Brazilian used his blistering speed to get beyond the visitor's defence before cutting a ball across the goal. Unfortunately, no one was there to convert as the Impact dealt with the danger.

Burke and Santos continued to cause issues for the Montreal defence. However, both of their efforts on goal failed to test Sebastien Breza.

Jakob Glesnes came close to scoring in the 38th minute. He ran towards the front post to meet Kai Wagner's corner, and he flicked the ball towards goal. Glesnes was unable to direct the ball on target, and his flick curled away from the far post.

On the stroke of half-time, Dorde Mihailovic gave Montreal the lead. After great work from Joaquin Torres, the winger curled a great low pass into the box, which caught out the Union defenders. Mihailovic was on hand to meet it and slot into the bottom corner past Andre Blake.

HALF-TIME: Philadelphia Union 1-0 Montreal Impact

The Union started the second half on the front foot but were unable to test the Montreal goal. After plenty of set pieces, the bombardment ended as the visitors managed to take the sting out of the game.

Montreal came close to doubling their lead on the hour as Aljaz Struna headed the ball towards the back post, following a corner. His header went wide of the goal but was into a great position which no one capitalised on at the back post.

Santos almost found the bottom corner with a header, but the angle of his effort was not accurate enough as it went just wide of the post.

Quinn Sullivan was brought on in the 81st minute, and it took him just six minutes to bring Philadelphia back on level terms. Jack Elliott managed to recover a cross into the box and played it out to Sullivan. The 17-year-old fiercely struck his shot from the edge of the area, and it left Breza with no chance as he was left helpless as he watched the ball fly into the back of the net.

FULL-TIME: Philadelphia Union 1-1 Montreal Impact

Philadelphia Union: Blake, Mbaizo (Sullivan 81'), Glesnes, Elliott, Wagner, Martinez, Monteiro, Flach (McGlynn 66'), Gazdag (Przybylko 66'), Burke (Bedoya 57'), Santos

Unused Substitutes: Bendik, Findlay, Powell, Aaronson, Davo

Montreal: Breza, Waterman, Struna (Kizza 88'), Miller, Brault-Guillard, Piette, Wanyama (Maciel 77'), Choiniere (Bassong 69'), Torres (Ibrahim 77'), Mihailovic, Johnsen (Hamdi 77')

Unused Substitutes: Bayiha, Kone, Zouhir, Pantemis

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