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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 UnitedAtlanta21125443202341
2New York City FCNY City20124438241440
3New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls18112537181935
4Columbus Crew218672425-130
5New England RevolutionNew England207763330328
6Montreal ImpactMontreal2190122433-927
7Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia197392530-524
8Chicago Fire2165103341-823
9Orlando City1971112742-1522
10Toronto1944113038-816
11DC United153572630-414

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Dallas1911533122938
2Los Angeles FCLos Angeles19105441281335
3Sporting Kansas CityKansas209653324933
4Portland TimbersPortland178632618830
5Real Salt LakeSalt Lake209292937-829
6Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy198473430428
7Houston DynamoHouston1875636261026
8Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver207582839-1126
9Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd2081112638-1225
10Seattle SoundersSeattle184591623-717
11Colorado RapidsColorado1944112130-916
12San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes1926112939-1012

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