CF Montréal Tops HFX Wanderers FC 3-1
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - CF Montréal defeated the HFX Wanderers FC 3-1, Wednesday at Wanderers Grounds in Halifax, advancing to the Canadian Championship semifinals. Subbed in during the final minutes of the match, midfielder Ballou Tabla netted a brace all within a three-minute window (89 'and 92'), to propel CF Montréal onto the next round, where the Club will face Forge FC (date and venue to be determined). CF Montréal will play its upcoming MLS regular season game in Columbus this Saturday at 7:30pm EDT at Lower.com Field (TVA Sports, 91.9 Sports, TSN690.ca).
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-Midfielder Matko Miljevic scored his first goal, in his very first game as a CF Montréal player.
-Midfielder Ballou Tabla tallied his second and third Canadian Championship goals. He logged his first minutes since October 24, 2020.
-Ballou Tabla became the first player in Club history to score twice in a Canadian Championship road game.
-Goalkeeper Sebastian Breza registered his first Canadian Championship win.
"Tonight's game was not easy, and they did something great. Lassi (Lappalainen) and Ballou (Tabla) brought good energy. I am happy for Ballou but for all the other players too. I congratulate the whole group. We had to make a choice for the team's lineup because we play again in a few days. Players who played tonight deserved to be on the pitch. The team's dynamic is very good. When it's becoming tougher during a game, I ask the players to stay calm and that's what they did tonight. I am looking forward to what's next."
"I'm really happy to be back on the pitch and getting some minutes. The last six to eight months haven't been easy due to injuries. I'm glad I helped the team tonight. I work hard in training and want to keep proving to the coach that I can help the team. We played against a good opponent. The game was not easy."
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