It was Patrice Bernier party and Nacho Piatti was in town last night; CF Montreal took the opportunity to put on a show with a 4-0 victory over the New England Revolution in front of a packed house of 19,619 spectators.
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A performance that made it possible to forget that Djordje Mihailovic is about to leave, but we will come back to it.
Romell Quioto had another two-goal game. He now has 14 since the start of the year, his career-best production being eight on an annual basis.
The Honduran has scored no less than eight goals in the last eight meetings. We understand better why the team is surfing on a streak of seven games without defeat.
We said it, Mihailovic was not there because he left for Europe.
“There is a pre-agreement from the European club, he was given permission to travel. We will tell you more in the coming days, ”confirmed sports director Olivier Renard on TVA Sports.
Earlier today, Sydney Fowo, from the podcast KANFC, announced that the 23-year-old American midfielder would be transferred to Dutch club AZ Alkmaar subject to the medical examination.
However, we do not yet know if Mihailovic will stay with the Bleu-blanc-noir until the end of the season with a transfer that will be effective in January or if it will be effective immediately.
Arrived in Montreal last year, Mihailovic has amassed 4 goals and 16 assists in 2021, his 16 assists allowing him to break the club record of the MLS era which was previously held by Nacho Piatti. This season, he has collected 7 goals and 4 assists in 20 games.
CF Montreal took advantage of the first half to teach the visitors a football lesson by outrageously controlling the game.e minute, Kei Kamara took advantage of a precise cross from Romell Quioto to score his first goal at Stade Saputo in a Montreal jersey. This was his 135e career goal, taking only third place in MLS scoring.
Then, at the 39e minute, a game started by Mathieu Choinière, who had also launched Quioto on the first goal, allowed Lasso Lappalainen to rush towards the opposing net and make a back pass to Quioto, who put on his 13e goal of the season.
He added a second thanks to a magnificent pass from Samuel Piette in the 55the minute.
Matko Miljevic completed by scoring on a penalty shot in stoppage time (90+1).
Photo Martin Alarie
9 / 10 | Romell Quioto
- He is once again decisive and seems hungry around the opposing net.
9 / 10 | Samuel Piette
- A high quality meeting and an anthology pass on Quioto’s second goal. A third assist in three games. (picture above)
8.5 / 10 | Joel Waterman
- In the absence of Rudy Camacho, he takes charge of the defensive brigade with remarkable aplomb.
8.5 / 10 | Kamal Miller
- A completely solid and clean game defensively as he knows how to do on a regular basis. A superb tackle at the end of the match to save a goal.
8 / 10 | Alistair Johnston
- A flawless meeting and a clear intention to play forward without neglecting the defensive aspect.
8 / 10 | James Pantemis
- He still stands out with a very good save on the visitors’ first shot on target… in the 70e minute. And stays solid afterwards and gets the shutout.
7.5 / 10 | Kei Kamara
- Like an old surface fox, he comes to score a goal that gives momentum to the team at the end of the first half.
7.5 / 10 | Gabriele Corbo
- A more than honest and reassuring performance. Quiet game without flafla.
7.5 / 10 | Lassi Lappalainen
- He uses his speed very well to make Andrew Farrell look bad and give chances to his teammates.
7.5 / 10 | Mathieu Choiniere
- He stands out in cut plays and in throwing actions that lead to the first two goals of the game.
7.5 / 10 | Matko Miljevic
- He will look for a penalty shot at the end of the match and take care of scoring the fourth goal.
7 / 10 | Victor Wanyama
- There was a certain lack of accuracy in his game, especially in his through passes which were often imprecise.
6.5 / 10 | Zorhan Bassong
- A somewhat difficult entry with the speed of his opponent in his corridor.
6.5 / 10 | Joaquin Torres
- Difficult minutes on the duels where he loses almost all the balls. He really needs to simplify his game.
Message to the rest of the league
Perfection almost does not exist in professional sports, except perhaps for a baseball pitcher or for Nadia Comaneci, but CF Montreal came very close to it last night.
“Generally, games in this league end up with the leading team having to defend themselves, so to be the opposite of that and to control the game until the end has been good,” said Kamal Miller.
For Samuel Piette, this game sends a very clear message to the rest of the league.
“We wanted to get a good result because we haven’t won two home games.
“If we want to be a dangerous team that will get that game in the playoffs, we have to send the message to the other teams that it will be complicated here. »
It was also sweet revenge after a 4-1 loss to the Revs at Saputo Stadium in the heat of the playoffs last fall.
“We talked about it, we remember that game very well. There was a feeling of revenge because at home you’re not supposed to take a score like that,” insisted Piette.
The match was played without Djordje Mihaiolvic, and Wilfried Nancy would not say more, only asking the media to be patient.
“I do not want to comment, also said Kamel Miller before adding. Obviously he wasn’t there and we missed him, but we wanted to put on a good performance for him because I’m sure he was watching and we sure made him proud. »
Samuel Piette for his part mentioned that the team could play without the American.
“It went very well tonight and even when Djordje was injured, it went relatively well anyway”
Quioto on fire
Romell Quioto had another two-goal game. He now has fourteen this season.
“He is important for the group because he brings a super interesting dynamic. There is the good mood and the grinta,” mentioned Nancy.
Piette added to it, he who provided him with a sublime pass on his second goal.
“He is on fire at the moment, it feels good to have a striker like that who is as capable of scoring goals as he is of assisting.
“He is an ultra-dangerous player who weighs heavily on the defense. He is very strong and hard to defend. You know he will win his duels, he is a complete attacker. »