Alejandro Pozuelo's double lifts Toronto in playoff upset of top seed NYC FC

24.10.2019 10:00 of Stefano Bentivogli   See readings
Source: theguardian
Alejandro Pozuelo's double lifts Toronto in playoff upset of top seed NYC FC

Toronto FC are back in the last four of the MLS Cup playoffs after a surprise 2-1 win over top seed New York City FC on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

Alejandro Pozuelo converted a penalty kick in the 90th minute for his second goal of the game to lift the 2017 champions into the Eastern Conference semi-finals for a third time in four years.

Playing without striker Jozy Altidore (quad) and defender Omar Gonzalez (hamstring), Pozuelo scored in the 47th by intercepting an ill-advised header to the goalkeeper and sliding it inside the post. On the winner, he sent Sean Johnson diving the wrong way with a chip shot down the middle.

Ismael Tajouri-Shradi tied it in the 69th, sending home Maximiliano Moralez’s cross at the back post.

The game was played at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, because of the Yankees’ playoff run.

Toronto FC advance to face the winner of Thursday’s quarter-final between the Philadelphia Union and defending champions Atlanta FC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.