Crew SC Draws New York FC 3-3 in Rainy Local Match
Ethan Finlay’s equalizer deep into second-half injury time helped to bring a little sign of life back to the Columbus Crew SC’s stumbling 2016 season as visitors New York City FC were held to a highly entertaining 3-3 draw on another weather delayed night at MAPFRE Stadium.
With Federico Higuain back at the heart of the Crew SC attack and Ethan Finlay looking dangerous up front, the home team pushed NYCFC for most of the first-half with a string of chances but were unable to make their dominance count.
New York’s veteran midfielder Frank Lampard punished Crew SC in the 41st minute when the visitors took the lead against the run of play after Andrea Pirlo’s free-kick was well saved by Crew ‘keeper Steve Clark, but the ball bounced off of the post and fell to Lampard, who made no mistake from a few yards out.
Justin Meram levelled the scores shortly after the break and Finlay looked to be sending Columbus to victory with an 80th minute penalty.
The Crew SC lead lasted all of three minutes before David Villa made the game 2-2 and then 3-2 in the 92nd minute after being awarded a penalty when Harrison Afful was called for handball.
The sucker-punch looked like it would be the final action for the evening but Crew SC pushed forward and Finlay was able to salvage a well deserved point.
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