Romell Quioto, Djordje Mihailovic, in the first half, and Ismaël Koné, in the second, scored the nets.
Koné’s goal was the first of his career in a Montreal uniform, in his very first game. It turned out to be important because it increased the team’s room for manoeuvre.
Thus, CF Montreal concluded this two-way duel with a 3-1 advantage in the cumulative score.
In the quarter-finals, at a date yet to be determined, he will face the winners of the duel between Cruz Azul, another team from Mexico, and Forge FC, a Canadian Premier League club based in Hamilton.
These two teams will play the second leg Thursday night in Mexico with Cruz Azul up 1-0.
Last week, on the field of Santos Laguna, the Montreal eleven had suffered a 1-0 loss in a duel where it had been largely dominated and had given up a goal towards the very end.
However, according to Mihailovic, the team’s players had no heads between their legs when they returned to Montreal.
We had approached this match with a little too much anxiety because it was our first of the year.he explained.
And even though we conceded a goal in the last two minutes, we were confident that we could pull off something special here tonight, which we did. Today, in my opinion, was an almost perfect match.
The team imposed its pace from the start and never had any truly worrying moments.
Eight days after blocking seven balls, goalkeeper Sebastian Breza only had to stop two shots to record the shutout.
Of course, we won the match 3-0. But what I remember from that match is that I felt that the players were on a mission. I felt the players didn’t care who the opponent would besaid head coach Wilfried Nancy, who still hesitated to speak of a perfect match.
After the Santos Laguna game there, when I spoke with (the players), with the staffwhen we did the meetings, they said to me: “We will make some adjustments and we will go there.” I’m proud of that because the players are starting to take ownership of what we want to put in placehe added.
While waiting for the quarter-finals, CF Montreal will begin its 11th season in MLS on Sunday afternoon by visiting Orlando City SC.
Stems to the rescue
The CF Montreal players had an excellent start to the game, much better than the game in Mexico last week.
After the first half hour of play, they already had five shots attempted and four corner kicks. By way of comparison, they had been limited to seven attempted shots and just one corner kick for the entirety of the first clash.
During this interval, the Montreal color carriers had two shots on target, the same number as in the first leg, but with very different results.
Quioto opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a remarkable shot from an almost impossible angle.
After a fine cross from Mathieu Choinière, Quioto managed to push the ball beyond the reach of goalkeeper Carlos Acevedo, who had come out of his net.
The Honduran managed to collect the ball just before it rolled over the baseline and skilfully managed to direct it towards the empty net. The shot hit the left vertical rod before branching into the goal.
Less than a quarter of an hour later, in the 22nd minute, Quioto crafted a second goal that the Montreal team absolutely needed to take the lead in the aggregate score.
Posted at the entrance to the penalty area, his back turned to the net, he slipped the ball to Mihailovic, placed just to his left.
Mihailovic managed to force his way between two defenders and, with his left foot, unleashed an incisive shot which hit the underside of the crossbar before finishing its trajectory behind the goalkeeper.
At the very end of the first half and early in the second, CF came close to tripling their lead.
Frustrated in the 53rd minute by a fine save from Acevedo, Koné recovered in the 61st with a shot from the center of the penalty area, after a nice back pass from Mihailovic.