• Late sub Drogba makes Impact happy

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    Didler Drogba AFP PHOTO

    Didler Drogba
    AFP PHOTO

    LOS ANGELES: Didier Drogba scored his first goal of the Major League Soccer season on a clever backheel shot as the Montreal Impact snapped the Fire’s four-game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 win in Chicago on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

    The former Chelsea star and all-time leading scorer of the Ivory Coast national team was standing in the center of the box with his back to the goal when he redirected the ball into the bottom left corner.

    Drogba’s 56th-minute strike leveled the score at 1-1.

    Ignacio Piatti grabbed the game-winner in the first minute of stoppage time, giving Montreal their second straight victory.

    “It was a difficult game for us in the first half, but the second half was much better,” said Impact coach Mauro Biello. “We were able to unbalance them. We grew as a team, and we were patient enough to move the ball and find those openings. This was a character win.”

    Making just his second appearance of the season, Drogba came on in the 50th minute for Costa Rica’s Johan Venegas.

    “In the second half, we played with more rhythm and created more chances,” said Drogba, a two-time African Footblaler of the Year. “We wanted to pull off a great result here. We wanted to win.

    “We’re top of the conference, and we have to show more ambition on the road. This win does us a lot of good.”

    AFP

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