CF Montreal saw red in the Canadian metropolis. Toronto FC won 4-0 at BMO Field in the semi-finals of the Canadian Championship.
Updated yesterday at 22:35
“We hit rock bottom,” defender Alistair Johnston said after the game.
Ayo Akinola scored twice as the Torontonians really exploded in the second half with three goals.
This loss, therefore, sounds like the death knell for the defending champion Montrealers’ run in the 2022 edition of this competition.
Johnston said the final score “didn’t quite reflect” the pace of the game. But he acknowledges that his team’s performance “wasn’t up to par, both offensively and defensively.”
“We have to live with that and recover. »
Wilfried Nancy did a similar reading.
We conceded bad goals. We have to be more aggressive. It is not normal for goals to be scored like this.
Wilfried Nancy, Head Coach of CF Montreal
lack of opportunism
Montreal did not know how to take advantage of a TFC that was still trying to organize itself in the first moments of the first half. His two best chances at the net came from shots by Samuel Piette on the edge of the box (3metwentyme).
Subsequently, Toronto picked up the pace. We attacked the net of James Pantemis with more confidence and, above all, success. We forced the Montreal defense, which played slowly throughout the game, to slide in extremis.
Until the dam finally broke. at 40meAyo Akinola was served in the area after a quick climb with Luca Petrasso and Jesús Jiménez, and scored the first goal of the match.
“We had a good first half, underlines Nancy. Before the goal, we were not so bad. We lost our chances because we failed to finish. »
burst of red
The Montrealers came out of the locker room with energy for the second period. Kei Kamara and Ahmed Hamdi had just replaced Zorhan Bassong and Mathieu Choinière, respectively. And we thought the head coaching picks were going to pay off … until Akinola did it again.
The Canadian attacker took advantage of another defensive generosity from the Montreal brigade in the 54thme and took a powerful shot at the entrance of the area. Camacho, lying on the ground after a slip, could only see the damage.
“The goals were great, Akinola rejoiced, smiling, after the game. They increased my confidence. »
Montreal responded positively to this second goal, but was never able to breach Quentin Westberg’s cage. Worse still, Toronto scored a third (Jiménez, 75me) after another fight on the ramparts. Pantemis missed his clearance, Camacho was unable to clear the ball despite a scorpion kick attempt, and the ball went across the line.
“Our defensive transition was really bad,” Johnston said. And it starts with us, in the back. We were trying too hard to get up the slope, and that left our backs exposed. »
“We felt like we were in the game until the third goal,” he continued. No matter who you play against, especially on the road, if you’re down 3-0, it’s a tough mountain to climb. When the third came, we were a bit in shock. »
Pantemis “doomed to fail”
Bob Bradley’s men even pushed the insult to afford a fourth a few moments later. Alejandro Pozuelo finished off in front of the goal at 78me.
I feel bad for our goalkeeper and for our fans. We put them in a difficult position. James finally got a chance for him in goal, he trained hard and we let him down. […] We doom it a bit to failure.
After a grueling sequence of games, Nancy had opted for a heavy rotation within her lineup. Thus, Jojea Kwizera got a first start in attack, Zorhan Bassong was placed in the left lane, and Robert Thorkelsson was chosen to complete the defensive body, in particular. The team also had to deal with the absence of Djordje Mihailovic and Kamal Miller for several more weeks.
Would Johnston wish his coach had selected a more consistent roster for this rivalry game?
“This group is beyond talented and has enough depth to rotate,” he replies. […] We lacked a bit of that intensity and that killer instinct that you need in a match between rivals. »
This defeat is the fourth in six games for CF Montreal, in all competitions. You can only participate in the Champions League in 2023 if you finish first in your conference in 2022, or if you win the MLS Cup.
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