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Match Report: Deportivo Saprissa 2-2 Montreal Impact

February 20, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Montreal Impact News Release

Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, San José, Costa Rica

GOALS

MTL - Okwonkwo 12'

MTL - Quioto (Bojan) 22'

SAP - Venegas (Rodriguez) 80'

SAP - Martinez (Bolanos) 90'

CAUTIONS

SAP - Torres 43'

MTL - Corrales 85'

LINE-UPS

MTL - GK-Clément Diop; D-Jorge Corrales, Jukka Raitala, Rudy Camacho (Joel Waterman 17'), Rod Fanni, Zachary Brault-Guillard; M-Amar Sejdic, Samuel Piette; F-Romell Quioto (Ballou Tabla 71'), Bojan, Orji Okwonkwo (Maximiliano Urruti 28')

Subs not used - Evan Bush, Shamit Shome, Saphir Taïder, Anthony Jackson-Hamel

SAP - GK-Aaron Cruz; D-Yostin Salinas (Michael Barrantes 46'), Roy Miller, Aubrey David; M-Christian Bolanos, David Guzman (Ariel Rodriguez 66'), Marvin Angulo, Ricardo Blanco, Mariano Torres; F-Johan Venegas, Manfred Ugalde (Jonathan Martinez 77')

Subs not used - Alejandro Gomez, Jean Carlo Aguero, Esteban Rodriguez, Walter Cortes

POST-GAME COMMENTS: https://mlssoccer.box.com/s/0bik4wb3dcd4w456p9b9uk8mguiumejv

Thierry Henry - Head coach

"I'm more than satisfied with the result. It's not a bad result and it was a good fight. Unfortunately we lost players at the beginning of the game and we had to adjust. They also adjusted to us in the second half. With the quality they have in midfield, the way they were putting the ball inside and the way they were passing the ball in the second half, they were making us run and it became difficult. We played the first half very well and they played a very good second half. There are things we need to work on but at the end of the day, when you see your team fighting like this until the end, you can only be proud. Nothing is decided yet, with the second leg to be played at home next Wednesday."

Jukka Raitala - Defender

"We played well in the first half, but the second half was difficult. Leading by two at halftime gave us a lot of confidence, but they were very strong returning from the break. They caused a lot of problems, and I think we both could've scored more in the second half. At the end, 2-2 is a fair result. I'm proud with the way we fought today."

Samuel Piette - Midfielder

"We fought until the end. It's our first game together in conditions like these. We knew it was a tough atmosphere to play in. If you're win 2-0 after the first half, you get confident. It's too bad we allowed two goals in the end, but if you told me before the game we would get a 2-2 result, I would have taken it. It is still disappointing to allow goals like that though."

Clément Diop - Goalkeeper

"I think if you would've told us before the game that we'd score two away goals and tie the game, we would have taken it. It's a good result, with the second leg taking place in Montreal. We had incredible support from our fans tonight. I was surprised to see them and it warmed my heart to see they made the trip. They helped us hold on in the last moments. Now, we need to recover well for the return leg in Montreal."


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