MX23RW : Monday, May 27 08:00:43| >> :600:111850712:111850712:
Nov 9, 2015 at 3am UK at ​Empire Field
VancouverVancouver Whitecaps
0-2
PortlandPortland Timbers
FT(HT: 0-1)
Adi (31'), Chara (94')

Result: Fanendo Adi fires Portland Timbers past Vancouver Whitecaps

Fanendo Adi and Diego Chara score as Portland Timbers beat Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 to progress to the MLS Western Conference final.

Fanendo Adi's 17th goal of the season and Diego Chara's late second have seen Portland Timbers progress to the MLS Western Conference final with a 2-0 aggregate win over Vancouver Whitecaps.

Whitecaps finished in second place in the Western Conference above Timbers on goal difference at the end of the regular season, and after a 0-0 draw in the first leg they went on the front foot from the off in front of their own fans, with Kekuta Manneh threatening early on.

The winger had the first opportunity of the game when he collected a throw-in, swivelled, and fired narrowly wide of the far post, and he came even closer minutes later when he ended a fine run by drilling against the post, with the ball bouncing off Portland goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey and bouncing inches wide.

However, the 20-year-old livewire had his evening cut short before the half hour when he had to be replaced after picking up an injury, and that was the catalyst for Timbers wrestling control of the tie.

It was the visitors' top scorer Adi who broke the deadlock with an explosive strike just five minutes after that substitution, when Diego Valeri was played in behind and laid the ball back for the striker to smash home into the roof of the net from 10 yards and leave Whitecaps needing to score twice.

Valeri's swerving effort from distance had to be saved by David Ousted as the away side looked to extend their advantage with a second away goal, biut Whitecaps had a sniff of an equaliser just before the break when their own top scorer Octavio Rivero glanced a header wide.

Ousted again saved another tricky Valeri effort before Rivero's diving header was blocked by Alvas Powell as both sides had chances early in the second half, and the home fans were screaming for a penalty when they thought that Rivero had been brought down inside the box.

In truth, though, Portland had control of the match and only a fine recovery save from Ousted denied Valeri's whipped free kick from creeping in and putting the tie to bed.

Vancouver substitute Robert Earnshaw came close with a late overhead kick attempt, but Adi played in Diego Chara to seal the win on the counter-attack deep into injury time and ensure that Timbers set up a date with Dallas after the Western Conference winners beat Seattle on penalties earlier on Sunday.

Share this article now:
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Read Next:
MLS roundup: Revolution lose out to Fire
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
/esi/758/0/index.html - esi:0:site:0:-p-: {0}: - :T758:-: {0}: < ! - - T  758 {0} - - >  : 
Championship Playoffs
Bundesliga Relegation Playoffs
Swedish Allsvenskan
Segunda Division
Brasileiro
Post-Season Friendlies
French Open First Round
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City38322495237298
2Liverpool38307189226797
3Chelsea38219863392472
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs382321367392871
5Arsenal382171073512270
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd381991065541166
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38169134746157
8Everton38159145446854
9Leicester CityLeicester38157165148352
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham38157165255-352
11Watford38148165259-750
12Crystal Palace38147175153-249
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38129174248-645
14Bournemouth38136195670-1445
15Burnley38117204568-2340
16Southampton38912174565-2039
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton3899203560-2536
RCardiff CityCardiff38104243469-3534
RFulham3875263481-4726
RHuddersfield TownHuddersfield3837282276-5416

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account