LAFC were well beaten by Atlanta United last night, but I think the scoreline was harsh. It was a close and competitive match right up until the final stages.
The match got off to a crazy start when Atlanta’s Chris McCann was sent off in the FIRST minute of the game. The challenge was reckless and unnecessary, however the decision was overturned after referee Ted Unkel looked at the Video Review.
I honestly thought the decision was correct and should have stood, but McCann stayed on the pitch and was handed a yellow card instead.
Julian Gressel gave Atlanta the lead after 17 minutes. Miguel Almiron played the ball across the six-yard box and found Gressel in space before he tapped home into an empty net.
Gressel was again heavily involved in the action as he provided Atlanta’s second goal of the night. He was played in down the wing, before playing a beautiful cross to Josef Martinez who couldn’t miss with a header from close range.
Atlanta United were awarded a controversial penalty after Almiron was brought down by Walker Zimmerman in the 85th minute. The referee had originally awarded a corner kick, but changed the decision to a spot kick after reviewing the play.
Almiron calmly dispatched from 12-yards, making it 3-0 to the hosts.
Two minutes later, the Five Stripes were awarded another penalty… Joao Moutinho gave away a free kick beforehand and was carded. And from the resulting free kick, he was adjudged to have handled the ball in the wall, and was given his marching orders.
Miguel Almiron stepped up again and scored his second penalty of the night, making it 4-0 and job done for Atlanta.
Salt was rubbed into LAFC’s wounds when Jamaican, Romario Williams made it 5-0 to the home side in the 97th minute of the game. He drove inside from the right, and fired past Tyler Miller in the Los Angeles goal.
This was a game that was guaranteed to have goals, but I wasn’t expecting the full-time result to be so one-sided. I felt the scoreline was harsh on the visitors who made it competitive throughout, however just struggled to make a breakthrough in the final third.