Photos: Columbus Crew v Atlanta United FC
Another loss and another difficult-to-watch game passed on Saturday night as Columbus Crew fell 2-3 at Lower.com Field to a side almost too accustomed to not winning, Atlanta United.
Eleven goals conceded in three games and three penalties in two is a poor record for any team, but for a defending champion it is a serious problem as defensive mistakes have once again cost the crew in one. game which the home team were the overwhelming favorites to win.
It was only five minutes before Atlanta took the lead thanks to Ezequiel Barco, and then another 30 minutes before the lead was doubled after Crew’s sloppy defense of Marlon Hairston offered a penalty to the team. away team.
Jonathan Mensah appeared again from a corner to cut the deficit in half and Luiz Diaz thought he made it 2-2 before an agonizing call from VAR stopped his celebrations.
A sloppier defense midway through the second half again gave Atlanta a light penalty which Marcelino Moreno gladly sent.
Columbus had another VAR ruled out goal before Pedro Santos’ shot on goal in added time gave the crew a small chance to fight. However, that wasn’t because Atlanta were keen on winning and giving Black & Gold a lot to think about ahead of their road game against Chicago Fire on August 15.
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Matt Ellis is a freelance photographer who covers groups that visit the city and the Columbus Crew MLS team. More information about Matt can be found on his Instagram.
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