Colombian Juan Camilo “Cucho” Hernández’s Columbus Crew came back from a two-goal deficit this Saturday against Cincinnati and an epic comeback culminated in overtime to fly to the final MLS.
Thanks to goals from Brandon Vázquez and Argentinian Lucho Acosta, Cincinnati is two goals behind Two goals were also disallowedbefore the crew made a big comeback and qualified for the fourth final in their history.
The crew that was champions in 2008 and 2020, They closed the gap with an own goal from Jamaican Alvas Powell in the 76th minute and Uruguayan Diego Rossi equalized in the 86th minute, forcing extra time.
In the 115th minute Christian Ramírez scored the final goal to make it 3-2 That made the Eastern final a nightmare for Cincinnati.
And that the locals, champions of the “Supporters’ Shield” for the best team of the regular season, They were superior for almost seventy minuteswith a brilliant game.
Acosta, the MVP of the season, had left his mark in the duel with him A great free kick from 20 meters increase to 2-0 shortly before half-time.
It was a psychological blow to the crew. Previously, In the 14th minute, Brandon Vázquez equalized with a great play in the penalty area after a cross from Gabon’s Aaron Boupendza.
Cincinnati almost scored the third goal twice, but Both goals were disallowed for offside and the crew stayed alive.
They had the merit of not giving up fighting. They hurt Cincinnati on the wings and in one of the many hanging centers. Powell unintentionally deflected the ball and sent it into the net.
The crew gained courage and in 1986 Diego Rossi took advantage of a number of rebounds in the penalty area to make it 2:2.
The excitement overwhelmed Cincinnati and The crew didn’t stop stepping on the acceleratoruntil he scored the goal to make it 3-2 in the 115th minute.
The goal was scored by Ramírez, a former member of Los Angeles FC and the Houston Dynamo The Western Conference finals will be played this Saturday.