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 UnitedAtlanta118122591625
2Columbus Crew126331710721
3New York City FCNY City116321916321
4Orlando City116142118319
5New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls960323101318
6New England RevolutionNew England105231814417
7Chicago Fire103251317-411
8Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia10325814-611
9Toronto103161419-510
10Montreal ImpactMontreal113081224-129
11DC United81251016-65

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Kansas CityKansas117221991023
2Los Angeles FCLos Angeles106222216620
3Dallas9441149516
4Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver124351221-915
5Portland TimbersPortland94231410414
6Real Salt LakeSalt Lake104151321-813
7Houston DynamoHouston93332015512
8Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd114071120-912
9Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy103161419-510
10San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes102351719-29
11Colorado RapidsColorado92251011-18
12Seattle SoundersSeattle9225711-48

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