FC Dallas defeated Real Salt lake 2-1 in the last minutes of play at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday night.
Tony Beltran crossed a good ball toward goal in the 5th minute but it was booted out by Dallas defenders. A boot into the goal by Fabian Espindola in the 11th minute of play was deflected by Dallas goalie Kevin Hartman.
Salt Lake maintained control and intimidation in the first minutes of play. They used ball skill as well as defensive efforts to keep the ball out of Dallas’ reach.
Yellow cards became candy to the referee in the first half. Beltran received a yellow card in the 15th minute of play for a tackle in the midfield on Dallas Captain Daniel Hernandez. A yellow card was given to Kwame Watson-Siriboe in the 19th minute for a challenge in the box with George John of Dallas. The incident seemed like a fair play on the ball. The question was if Dallas was flopping or were they just having a hard time with the new altitude.
There was a yellow card given to Espindola in the 25th minute of play for dissent. Jair Benitez congratulated the referee after he gave him the card. Up to this point the referee had given Salt Lake 3 yellow cards
A shot on goal in the 29th minute almost saw the back of the net. Espindola kicked it to the right of the goalie and it was deflected. Javier Morales was able to retrieve the ball and pass it back to Espindola for a second shot. Neither made it to the back of the net.
Espindola had a great run in the 34th minute and was able to get the ball across the dangerous 18 but there was no one there to put it into the net. This was followed by two Salt Lake corner kicks that put the ball in dangerous spots but with no results.
At the half, Salt Lake led in possession at 69% and passing accuracy at 87%.
Salt Lake came back from the half hungry to get some goals. Alvaro Saborio had a close chance in the 50th minute when he was one on one with Hartman, but it was deflected out to a Salt Lake throw in. In the 51st minute Paulo Jr. also had a close goal he kicked it with his left foot and it hit the outside net. In the 52nd minute, Ned Grabavoy took his shot as well. A Saborio header in the 54th minute would fell to the left of the goal as well.
Dallas scored a goal in the 60th minute of play when Fabian Castillo approached from the left of the goal and fired past Rimando. It was a shock to the crowd.
In the 75th minute Saborio was able to head the ball into the goal off of a corner kick by Morales. This tied the match 1-1.
Dallas took the lead late in stoppage time when a counter-attack allowed Brek Shea and David Ferreira to have a 2-on-1 that Ferreira converted in the upper corner of the net. This gave Dallas an unlikely victory.
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