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23 June 2019 Columbus Crew 0 Sporting Kansas City 1 MLS

 

Harrison Afful (Ghana) - 32-year-old, rated 600k euros, right back, smallish, moves forward readily and often leads the home attacks down his flank, dangerous crosses, but his game ended early with a red card after he held back Gerso.

David Accam (Ghana) - 28-year-old, rated 910k euros, will join Nashville next season, wide left, sadly had to go off with a hamstring injury early in the match.

Gerso (Guinea-Bissau) - KC wide man/forward, 28-year-old, rated 1.5m euros, dangerous pace on the break, setup Nemeth at least once, better second half beginning with a nutmeg and cross for the winning goal, brought down by Afful later on. 

 


This win represented KC's first away victory of the season.

After a fairly even first period, the decisive strike came in the first minutes of the restart when Gerso neatly delivered for Gutierrez to head in from close range.

It was slightly hard on the Crew who found the visiting defence tough to break down especially goalie Tim Melia.

Home threats came mostly from Hector Jimenez and briefly sub. Robinho.

While KC's Hungarian striker Nemeth had chances but fluffed most of them.

So ultimately the visitors withstood the home pressure, built confidence once in front, and managed to hold on for the result.

Unlike Boateng and Blessing, the two Ghanaians on show this time had much less to celebrate.

 

report & analysis - John Bethell

 


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