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Nov 8, 2015 at 10pm UK at ​Columbus Crew Stadium
Columbus Crew
3-1
MontrealMontreal Impact
Kamara (4', 111'), Finlay (77')
Sauro (30')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Duka (40')
Donadel (85'), Camara (95'), Reo-Coker (104')

Result: Kei Kamara fires Columbus Crew past Montreal Impact into Conference final

Columbus Crew move into the Eastern Conference final courtesy of an 111th-minute extra-time winner from Kei Kamara to sink Montreal Impact.

Kei Kamara atoned for a missed penalty by netting an extra-time winner as Columbus Crew beat Montreal Impact 3-1 to set up an Eastern Conference final date with New York Red Bulls.

The 31-year-old, who also opened the scoring, struck with nine minutes of the additional 30 remaining at the Mapfre Stadium as Gregg Berhalter's side advanced with a dramatic 4-3 aggregate victory.

Trailing 2-1 from last week, the hosts needed only four minutes to level up the tie as Kamara headed home a Waylon Francis cross to stun the visitors early on.

Kamara continued to run amok and then headed Harrison Afful's delivery against the crossbar as Columbus looked to improve on their fast-and-furious start.

Montreal were reduced to long-range efforts in a half which saw them fail to get behind the hosts' defence, with Ignacio Piatti firing narrowly over the bar on the half-hour mark.

However, Dilly Duka secured parity at the break by turning the ball home from close range on 40 minutes after the Crew failed to clear their lines from a corner.

The Canadian side looked the more dangerous after the break, with Didier Drogba denied by goalkeeper Steve Clark, before Piatti drilled wide once more as the visitors grew in control.

Columbus slowly but surely wrestled the momentum off them, with the hosts earning a penalty on 68 minutes when Laurent Ciman fouled Ethan Finlay, but Kamara failed to beat Evan Bush from 12 yards.

It was Finlay who spared his teammate's blushes by smashing home into the roof of the net with 12 minutes to play as Berhalter's side forced extra time.

A cagey first half passed without incident, before Kamara headed home Cedric's flick-on at the near post to seal their progression into the finals.

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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Atlanta UnitedAtlanta30196565362963
2New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls30185755322359
3New York City FCNY City30148852391350
4Columbus Crew3013893938147
5Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia29134124145-443
6Montreal ImpactMontreal30124144247-540
7DC United2898114848035
8New England RevolutionNew England29811104345-235
9Toronto2986155057-730
10Chicago Fire2977154354-1128
11Orlando City3075184066-2626

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Kansas CityKansas28156754342051
2Los Angeles FCLos Angeles29148757431450
3Dallas28148647371050
4Portland TimbersPortland3013894444047
5Real Salt LakeSalt Lake30136114949045
6Seattle SoundersSeattle28135103729844
7Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver28117104654-840
8Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy29108115459-538
9Houston DynamoHouston3089134743433
10Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd29103164255-1333
11Colorado RapidsColorado2967163254-2225
12San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes3048184563-1820

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