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[9th-Nov-14] Live Card: New England-Columbus (MLS Eastern Conference Semi-Final 2nd Leg)

In what seems like a dead leg, the Columbus Crew will look to overtake a 2 goal deficit and 4 away goal threat as they travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Revolution. Refresh occasionally for updates. 1' - New England with a shot early that's not too far away. 3' - Columbus win a corner it. Play eventually comes out to the top of the box for a half volley from Columbus but it's wide. 5' - Columbus with another shot from distance but it's saved by the keeper. 8' - Columbus has started the better side but one good finish from New England would pretty much send them through. 11' - New England seeing more of the ball now. If Columbus want to believe they can do this, then they need to score and soon. 16' - Only one shot in the next five minutes and it was well high of the New England goal. 19' - Davies makes a run down the right and manages to put the ball on goal but it's from a hard angle and right at the Columbus keeper. 24' - Columbus wins a corner and New England almost make a mess of it but manage to win a goal kick. 26' - New England with a free kick forward here after Jones was taken down. It amounts to nothing. 28' - Columbus pump two crosses into the box before New England counter. The Revs are dispossessed on the counter and Columbus charges down field but the ball has too much pace and runs out for a goal kick. 31' - Columbus are playing more scrappy, more desperate. They're needing a goal every 20 minutes right now. 32' - New England bring the ball down the left before switching play. They are dispossessed in near the edge of the box. 34' - MASSIVE CHANCE. A ball from the right touchline comes in and settles right to the feet of the Columbus striker who manages to settle it for a free shot on goal but it's saved out to touch. Columbus needed better finishing there. 35' - Another chance for Columbus. Ball from the left finds the striker who is just in front of his man. Attempted re-direct is about a foot wide. 38' - MASSIVE CHANCE! Another ball on the floor from the right for Columbus straight to the striker but he gets it caught in his feet and it's cleared. Should be 0-2 right now. 43' - Ball on the left comes down and it's 50/50 but the Columbus keeper makes a mess of it. Davies on the right of goal wants it after it's settled at the byline. The first cross comes straight back before it's lofted softly to Nguyen who SCORES. Consider this tie over. New England 1(5)-(2)0 Columbus 45' - Crew pressing high allow New England to run, this time on the right. Davies gets free in the box just wide of the right post as he puts it on goal but it's into the side netting. Crew look defensively lost. 45' + 1' - Columbus get a good look but Shuttleworth makes a great save to deny the Crew. Corner is brought into the box and the men in yellow get a free header on it but it's just over the bar. Half-Time New England 1-0 Columbus Analysis: They say it's not over until the fat lady sings, but she's warming up her voice. New England are better on the break, better with the finish, and better on defense. It will take a miracle for the Crew to advance now. 46' - Back underway here. Columbus now need 4 goals to advance. 47' - Revs bring possession down the right before a cut back find Nguyen. He finds the keeper though. 48' - MASSIVE CHANCE! New England bring the ball down again before a shot from the cross just goes wide. 49' - New England with a shot from distance that had some movement on it. It's cleared by the keeper. 51' - Columbus are capitulating here. The keeper sends the ball right to a Revs midfielder who slots left to an open man. The ball comes across and is put on the goal but the keeper just manages to stop it. Revs are all over the goal. Columbus are flat. This tie is over. 53' - Columbus win a corner but it amounts to nothing. They win another corner after some more play but nothing doing from that one either. 55' - Revs on the counter here. Ball from the right is curved into the corridor of uncertainty straight to Goncalves who buries the chance. If you didn't think it was over before, it's over now. Fat lady and all. New England 2(6)-(2)0 Columbus 59' - Columbus get a ball across the face of goal but no one's on the end of it. The Revs will face the New York Red Bulls next round for the Eastern Conference title. 60' - It's all kicking off now. Revs keeper is down and looks proper knocked out. The keeper slid into the ball and grasped it and it looks like the trailer leg cause him in the head. RED CARD! COLUMBUS TO 10 MEN. Don't think it was a red card. Booking yes. Red card no. 65' - A Columbus shot from outside the box forces a good save from the New England keeper. 69' - Columbus win a free kick here on the right hand side. It comes in for the back post before a wonderful, looping header finds the corner. New England 2(6)-(3)1 Columbus 75' - Subs abound now. Columbus & New England making changes. 76' - In all honesty don't even ask me why I'm still watching this game. 78' - Revs have the ball now. They slowly bring it forward and after a wonderful turn from Kobayashi, Bunbury is in alone on the left side and SCORES. New England 3(7)-1(3) Columbus 82' - Jones is off for New England. He's been immense since his arrival this year. 86' - The difference between the two teams in terms of quality is black & white. Meram sticks a leg out onto the back of the Revs midfielder. He's booked again this match and is off. COLUMBUS DOWN TO 9 MEN. 90' + 1' - Revs are using possession to run the clock now. They've been impressive. Another chance falls to them a minute later that the Columbus keeper has to save. Revs have completely deserved their spot in the conference final. Full-Time New England 3(7)-(3)1 Columbus Analysis: Columbus had to throw numbers forward but they could not defend their goal worth anything as they conceded 7 in 2 games. New England are not to be taken lightly by anyone now.
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