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Comeback kids: Montreal Impact 3, LAFC 5

Visitors complete road trip with incredible, unlikely victory.

MLS: Los Angeles FC at Montreal Impact Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Football Club defeated the Montreal Impact 5-3 at Stade Saputo on Saturday, to complete their six-game season-opening road trip with four wins.

That doesn’t really tell the story of the game, with LAFC going down 2-0 and 3-1, and with Ignacio Piatti scoring a first-half hat trick. The turning point came when the hosts got a red card in the first half, and LAFC eventually made them pay for the ejection.

After a Daniel Lovitz goal was disallowed for offside just three minutes in, the game really kicked off a few minutes later. So many things happen that we should probably present it in list format:

  • In the ninth minute, Ignacio Piatti opened the scoring when Tyler Miller came flying out to punch out a ball. The ball fell to the Argentine, who slammed it in.
  • Seven minutes later, Piatti drew a penalty on Miller and converted it himself to make it 2-0.
  • In the 24th minute, Laurent Ciman opened his account with LAFC with a revenge free kick against his old team. He made a big show of celebrating the goal.
  • In the 31st minute, Impact defender Victor Cabrera tripped Marcos Ureña in the box. Cabrera was red carded.
  • Two minutes later, Ureña’s penalty was saved by Evan Bush.
  • Piatti completed his hat trick just before halftime, taking a long pass over the top from Jukka Raitala and scoring on the breakaway.
  • Latif Blessing replaced Dejan Jakovic at halftime to give LAFC more attackers and a two-goal deficit.
  • Benny Feilhaber scored after a good buildup from Ureña and Carlos Vela in the 52nd minute.
  • The game was tied up just before the hour, as Raitala put the ball in his own net after the ball bounced around from an LAFC corner kick.
  • Diego Rossi earned a penalty from Lovitz in the 82nd minute.
  • Carlos Vela scored the penalty a minute later to complete the comeback, although Bush got a hand on the shot.
  • Blessing added a goal in the 89th minute after Bush’s save on Ureña trickled through his legs to seal the win.
  • In stoppage time, Piatti nearly scored a fourth goal with a Zlatanesque bomb, but it clanged off the crossbar.

Again, this was a weird, weird game. Neither team could defend, and a more clinical and stout team would have made LAFC pay for the deficit. But the Impact left the door open and LAFC got the full three points. What a game. If you can watch a replay, you really ought to, it was a true rollercoaster of a day.

If you didn’t know, LAFC open their new home, Banc of California Stadium, next Sunday, when they host the Seattle Sounders. The long road trip is over! Time to go home for the first time.

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