The Impact wins 2-0 against the D. C. United
Photo: Graham Hughes The canadian Press
Blerim Dzemaili, left, celebrates with teammate Dominic Oduro after scoring during the first half against D. C. United.
In the absence of Ignacio Piatti, Blerim Dzemaili has been the engine of the offensive montreal with a goal and an assist, and the Montreal Impact defeated d.c. United 2-0, Saturday, in a duel between two of the worst courses of the Association Is.
Piatti was injured in the hamstring in the back of the Impact against the Toronto FC in the canadian Championship final last Tuesday. The Impact was also deprived of Patrice Bernier, Anthony Jackson-Hamel and Maxime Crépeau, called by the canadian team.
Dzemaili has taken over in a spectacular way, much to the delight of the 18 707 spectators present. It has boosted its total in MLS with three goals and four helpers in six parts and the Impact (5-5-6) is passed from the 11th to the eighth position in the East by signing a first victory since June 3.
“I prefer to analyse the game as a team,” said the swiss international, preferring to pay tribute to his team-mates. It was an important game to win and we are no longer last. We are a team that has a lot of qualities. We need to play all the matches like this. “
Dzemaili opened the scoring in the 21st minute. After a quick recovery from the goalkeeper Evan Bush, the no. 31 took up a lot of space to move forward with the ball and he scored with a powerful and accurate of about twenty metres.
Then, in the 23rd minute, Dzemaili found himself in a similar situation, but it has retained its momentum, converting his shot in the lob. Chris Duvall has played perfectly the game and is advanced to deflect intelligently the ball to the far side. It was Duvall’s second goal in MLS career — his first since the 28th of June 2015 when he wore the colors of the Red Bulls of New York.
“With a player like him, you need to follow the game knowing that it is going to send the ball in the right place, explained Duvall. He saw that I had space and he made a perfect pass. “
The Impact has also recorded his third clean sheet of the season — his second against United (5-10-3). The United has scored only 12 goals in 18 matches in 2017.
The montreal defensive has offset the likely adverse by blocking seven of 18 shots from the United.
Bush has finally made a first stop in the 77th minute, capturing the shot from Luciano Acosta. It has reached the post two minutes later after a beautiful climb through four Impact players. Bush made his second stop of the match on the last action of the match.
“Defensively, we did well,” said the head coach of the Impact, Mauro Biello. We were able to stop and break a lot of their attacks. Our lines were a bit too open, especially in the first half. “
“We have heavy legs. We have travelled a lot over the last month and we experienced emotions with the canadian Championships. It was important to return home and get the three points. The clean sheet will help us to gain confidence. “
The Impact will visit the Dynamo in Houston on Wednesday, in what will mark mid-season for the club. The troupe Biello will be two weeks of leave, interrupted by a friendly duel with the Ottawa Fury, on 12 July.
Dzemaili has claimed to have particularly looking forward to the break, who has not had vacation at the end of the season at Bologna before arriving in Montreal early in may.
“It’s been two months that I am here, said the midfielder, 31 years of age. It remains a game before the holidays, and I need it. I went to 50 or 55 games. It is a lot. “
“I can do more for this team. We all need to do more. We must never be satisfied. “