The Crew earned the win at home over LA Galaxy to end their losing streak while Zlatan Ibrahimovic's side suffered a second loss in a row.
Full Time | Columbus Crew 3-1 LA Galaxy, MLS
Columbus Crew desperately needed to turn around the losing streak they were going through while facing one of the best teams in the league, but their hopes were high since LA Galaxy went into the game on the back of a loss.
Zardes was the one to take charge, opening the scoring and with that boosting his team's morale and galvanising the home side at the back, who stopped Galaxy's every attempt on goal. Ibrahimovic's side lost an important element in Jona dos Santos, Galaxy's midfield mastermind, and that affected their ability to create goal-scoring opportunities.
The Crew had Federico Higuaín commanding the game, and in the second half the Argentine increased the lead carved out through Zardes, with Jiménez adding another to leave the visitors staring at another defeat. However, Steres scored a late consolation for Galaxy to add a bit of gloss to the scoreline.
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Average position Columbus Crew 3-1 LA Galaxy
94' GAME OVER !!!! Columbus stops Galaxy for the win, while the LA team adds its second defeat in a row
93' Galaxy looking to score one more goal, but Zlatan didn't kill the play and the attempt is missed
91' Corner Galaxy! Everyone was in the area, but the attempt is missed
90' Four more mintes to play !
87' GOOOOOOOOOOOAL STERES !!!! Galaxy finally scores!
86' Antuna tried to surprise Steffen, but the goalie is on spot and send the attempt to corner!
85' Santos just missed the fourth GOOOAL !!
83' Columbus pace slows down a bit, they know their winning and that Galaxy can't seem to find a clear
81' Chris Pontious leaves the field, in goes Cuello
80' Yellow Polenta (LA Galaxy)
79' What a move by Santos, Columbus had the four goal but it crosses the field and no one closes the game !
78' The West Coast team doesn't showed up tonight, while Columbus is doing what they want, no need to create spaces, the game is wide open
76' Columbus playing the ball short in their side of the field, Galaxy is just looking...
74' The best player of the game leaves the field, Guzman goes in for Higuain
73' What a game by Higuain and Robinho, both are doing whatever they want with LA's defense
71' Zlatan is looking for his goal, Boateng with the assist but the attempt is missed by the Swede
70' ZLATAAAAAAAAAN !!!! The captain with a hot shot but it is stop by the POST !!!!
69' Galaxy with a chance from the corner, but the attempt is missed
67' Galaxy is completly lost, they can't find any space nor create a play
65' GOOOOOOOOOAL JIMENEZ !!!!! The locals are dancing over Galaxy for the 3-0
63' Corner! Great combination between Higuain and Robinho that is send to the corner by LA's defense
62' The visitors are quite desperate with long shots and can't find any clearing
60' Foul Antuna, Columbus Crew wins a free kick on the deffensive half
58' Yellow card for Uriel Antuna (LA Galaxy)
57' Great collective play by Columbus, this time Galaxy's defense is on spot to blocked and clear Robinho's attempt
56' OFFSIDE!!!! Zardes could've score the third one for the Crew
54' Columbus concedes the ball to Barros Schelotto's squad, but the LA team is lost after Higuain's goal
52' GOOOOOOOAAAAL HIGUAIN !!!! What a distraction by the LA's defense, that the Argentine takes advantage to put his team 2-0
50' Zlatan again!!! but this time his shot misses the net by so little!
49' ZLATAAAAAN !!! Steffen steals the goal from the Swedish Lion!
48' Great collective action by LA Galaxy, but couldn't surprise the Crew's defense who clear out the ball
46' Galaxy gets the ball in the second half, they are looking to turn around the score from the start
45' The ball is rolling for the second half
Columbus Crew 1-0 LA Galaxy stats
47' The first half is over. Columbus Crew leads 1-0 thanks to Zardes goal at the 27th minute
45' Two more mintes left in the first half
43' The Crew takes back the ball and slows the rhythm of the game a bit
42' The LA side seems desperate or in a hurry to score before the end of the first half
40' Jona leaves the game, in goes Carrasco (LA Galaxy)
39' Robinho takes advantage of the delay to surprise the LA defense, they sent their attempt to the corner
38' Delay over, Jona is being treated outside the field
37' Jona is down, the ball leaves the field so the medical assistace can tend the midfielder
36' Galaxy has the initiative now and has pushed backwards Columbus, who is defending non-stop
35' Corner for LA! the attempt is cleared by the home team defense
34' The LA squad is pressuring up front, while the Crew has conceded the control of the ball in the last few minutes
33' Antuna with a new attempt but fails to find someone to follow his play!
32' The game is picking up speed, with Galaxy looking to tie the game before the half time!
30' Pontius with a long shot that goes wide over Steffen net!
29' Galaxy tries to react and creats a great play but Columbus defense is blocking everything!
27' GOOOOOOOOOOOAL ZARDES !!! What a pass from Robinho, the Crew is up 1-0
25' The Crew is starting to look tired, that energy loss might be what Galaxy needs
23' What a play by Galaxy but the attempt is saved somehow and the match's still scoreless
21' Galaxy is looking quite uncomfortable, The Crew is making a great job stopping Jona dos Santos
19' LA Galaxy with a clear again, but Antuna's shot is blocked, then the referee calls for offside...
18' Robinho's attempt after Higuain center was blocked by Polenta! What a missed chance by the Crew
16' So far the game is back and forth with The Crew having all the initiative and Galaxy trying to find themselves on the pitch
14' Antuna tries the personal move, and gets blocked by the defense, Skjervik takes back the ball but the attempt is missed
12' Bingham with a dangerous save, he almost gets a hand call!
11' Robinho creating some danger but the ball is cleared and sent outside, Bingham (Galaxy) gets the ball
10' The visitors are slowly getting into Columbus field, pressuring the local team
9' Columbus wins a free kick in the defensive half
8' Columbus is not conceding the ball to LA and both teams are trying to create chances
6' Corner! The attempt is long and crosses from right to left the field
5' Higuain enters the close area but the LA defense is on spot and block the attempt and sends it to the corner
4' Skjervik centers to Antuna but the shot is long and the Mexican can't control the ball
2' The Crew takes back the ball and has the first attempt of the game, but the shot passes close to Bingham post
1' Galaxy takes the ball from the start and is looking for some spaces
Game is on!!
Despite appearing in just nine games, Polenta is the 12th LA Galaxy defender with 3+ assists in a season since 2010. All three have been secondary assists, the most by any Galaxy defender since that year.
Since the start of April, 'The Crew' has scored three goals and have a shot conversion rate of just 3.5%. Only FC Cincinnati has worse numbers than Columbus in that time
Galaxy's 3-2 loss last weekend snapped a seven-game unbeaten streak in which they had allowed a totoal of five goals.
Columbus Crew has lost just four home games in all-time against LA Galaxy for a record of 9W-8D. The last time the LA squad won at Mapfre Stadium was in August 2017.
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