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American League semi-final results, Saturday, December 2, 2023

American League semi-final results, Saturday, December 2, 2023

Columbus Crew and their coach Wilfried Nancy qualify for the MLS final.

Columbus rallied from a two-goal deficit in the second period to earn a 3-2 overtime win over Cincinnati FC, the No. 1 team in the regular season.

The Crew will face Los Angeles FC in the final, who shortly afterwards beat the Houston Dynamo 2-0.

It was Cristian Ramirez’s goal in the 115th minute that made this stunning comeback a reality.

Trailing by two goals, Columbus caught a lucky break in the 75th minute when Alvas Powell scored an own goal to bring the Crews back to life. Then in the 86th minute, Diego Rossi equalized, much to the surprise of Cincinnati fans.

Brandon Vazquez and Luciano Acosta gave Cincinnati a comfortable lead in the first half.

In the other semi-final match, Los Angeles scored a goal at the end of the first half. In the 44th minute, after a corner kick, Ryan Hollingshead barely got the ball over the goal line.

The insurance goal came in the 80th minute when Franco Escobar tried to intercept a pass inside the Dynamo penalty area, but he redirected the ball into his own net.

The final match between Crew and Dynamo will be held next Saturday at the home ground of the Columbus team.

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