Montreal – We’ll start to think that CF Montreal has an inferiority complex versus Nashville SC.
Looking for their ninth game in a row without a loss and their sixth game in a row without a loss on the road, CF Montreal suffered a 2-1 loss to Tennessee on Wednesday night at Geodes Park.
Ki Camara scored the only goal for Montreal (6-4-2), his third goal this season at the beginning of the second half. This goal allowed Wilfred Nancy’s men to halve Nashville’s advance.
Alex Moyle, in the first half, and Hani Mokhtar, a few minutes before Camara’s goal, thwarted the wakefulness of Sebastian Briza.
In five life games against Nashville, the Montreal players scored two draws and lost the other three duels. The normal first half did not help CF Montreal.
“Of course we are disappointed. The players are disappointed that they weren’t able to get back to score,” said the Montreal coach after the defeat.
“We know where we come from. We weren’t excited when we made the series, and it’s not the end of the world because we lost that game. Once again, we’re moving forward,” Nancy added.
Besides his past failures against this team, we had the right to expect a tough game for Montreal. First, the Nashville club lost in their last appearance, in Houston, in a sorry performance for coach Gary Smith.
Above all, it is an unbeatable team at home, with a streak of 22 unbeaten matches against their supporters (12-0-10), including the playoffs. His last home defeat dates back to November 2020.
“It’s a team with great fans, who have been behind them since the start of the game,” noted Alistair Johnston, who spent his first two seasons in Nashville before moving to Montreal in December.
“Once they take the lead, it’s hard for them to fall behind and get a score. We gave up two goals, which is a lot. If we had given one, we would have had a chance.”
If Romell Quioto was available as a reserve, CF Montreal played this match without midfielder Ismail Kone, who did not accompany the team to undergo the one-leg tests.
In addition, goalkeeper James Bantames was not the reserve assigned to Sebastian Briza.
Nancy said in her video conference after the match that Pantemis had been punished and would return with the team on Friday. Nancy did not want to specify the reasons for this decision.
CF Montreal will continue this busy portion of its schedule by hosting Real Salt Lake on Sunday at Saputo Stadium.
After Hamilton’s Forge FC visit to the Canadian Championships next Wednesday, Montreal FC will host Cincinnati on May 28 with their last game until June 18.
Almost complete mastery
Wilfried Nancy often says it: he loves to see his team control the ball. So we can conclude that he must not have enjoyed the first half of his players.
The Nashville SC players were still strong in front of their fans, controlling most of the first half, controlling the ball more than 53 percent of the time.
“The first fifteen minutes were tough,” Nancy admitted.
The Montreal team did not come out too badly, conceding only one goal, Mouille’s goal in the 28th minute, from a good shot that crept into the side netting to the right of Breza.
After playing better late in the first half, the Montreal club started well in the second half, but Nashville doubled their lead in the 51st minute when Mukhtar completed a play for CJ Sapong.
Just four minutes later, Camara brought Montreal back into the game with his 133rd career goal, when the ball hit him in the lower leg after goalkeeper Joe Willis failed to clear the ball from his penalty area.
Montreal club increased the pressure on the opponent’s defense, to the point of controlling his opponent in possession (55.6 per cent) and shot attempts (11 against eight), without scoring the goal that would have expanded his streak of success.
“The guys did everything they could. We were about to go back, but we didn’t make it. We missed the last little gesture,” Nancy analyzed.
Note to readers: Corrected version. In the second paragraph, you should read the sixth part, not the fifth