Columbus Crew Halts Montreal Impact in 4-1 Home Game Win
A game changing performance from super-sub Kekuta Manneh transformed a dreary deadlocked 1-1 game into a romping 4-1 win for a relieved Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium on an almost perfect early summer Saturday evening.
Federico Higuain opened the scoring with a delightful free-kick after 17 minutes before Montreal struck back with an equalizer just minutes later.
The rest of the first half continued in typical Crew SC fashion with the lions share of possession going to the home side but failure to create clear chances in front of goal kept the game a draw going into the second half.
It was more of the same in the second half until the 69th minute when Manneh entered the game. One minute later the Crew SC forward was gifted with a ball that fell in front of him with only the keeper to beat — 2-1 to Columbus.
Two minutes after the restart and Manneh turned provider with a whipped-cross that Ola Kamara diverted beyond a desperately diving Montreal `keeper to give the home team a runaway lead over the shell-shocked visitors.
Higuain capped off the evening with a brace as Adam Jahn, with his first touch after coming on the field, nodded the ball into the path of the Crew number 10, who made no mistake and rifled the ball into the net to add to the already flattering scoreline.
Columbus will hope to get revenge on the visiting Atlanta United next Saturday night during Military Appreciation Night and post-game fireworks.
All photos by Matt Ellis.