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Nov 23, 2015 at 12.30am UK at Jeld-Wen Field
PortlandPortland Timbers
3-1
Dallas
Ridgewell (23'), Asprilla (53'), Borchers (91')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Texeira (62')

Result: Portland Timbers secure two-goal advantage over Dallas

Portland Timbers put one foot in the MLS Cup final with a 3-1 first-leg win over Dallas at Providence Park.

Portland Timbers have put themselves within touching distance of the MLS Cup final after securing a two-goal advantage over Dallas in the first leg of the Western Conference final at Providence Park.

Timbers finished two places and seven points behind Western Conference winners Dallas in the regular season but they made a lightning start in front of their own fans in only their second conference final, with Lucas Melano testing Jesse Gonzalez inside the opening 30 seconds.

With five minutes barely on the clock Melano gave Gonzalez another scare as the goalkeeper spilled his shot onto the post, and the Argentine livewire rolled an effort inches past the far post minutes later as Portland came out of the blocks well on the front foot.

Dallas, playing in their first conference final in five years, finally began to find a foothold in the game and had sights of goal through Kellyn Acosta and Mauro Diaz, but Adam Kwarasey was twice equal to the task in the Portland goal.

However, it was no surprise when it was the hosts who opened the scoring midway through the first half as Liam Ridgewell bundled home from point-blank range after Dairon Asprilla had flicked on a corner at the near post.

Nat Borchers was denied by Gonzalez as the home side went in immediate search of a second, and the Dallas stopper had to turn a header from Acosta over the crossbar to prevent an own goal just two minutes into the second half.

The pressure told eight minutes after the restart as Timbers doubled their lead in spectacular fashion, Asprilla catching Gonzalez off guard with a swerving effort from 25 yards as Portland established a commanding advantage in the two-legged tie.

However, minutes after Ryan Hollingshead had missed a glorious opportunity to halve the deficit for Dallas when he was put one-on-one, the visitors did find an important away goal when David Texeira got in front of his man at the near post to clip home.

That goal briefly gave Dallas the ascendancy, but there was a sting in the tail as Gonzalez could not hold a header from a corner and Borchers poked home in the first minute of injury time to extend Portland's home unbeaten run over Dallas to seven games and put them in control ahead of next Sunday's second leg.

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Tuesday's key events


TRIATHLON
· Team GB trio Vicky Holland, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jess Learmonth all have realistic medal hopes in the women's event (10.30pm-1am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After an impressive opening day, Great Britain play their final group game against a Fiji side level with them at the top of the pool, but also yet to hit their brilliant best (1.30am)

TAEKWONDO
· After disappointment for friend and housemate Jade Jones, Bianca Walkden will go for gold in the women's +67kg category (2am-2.30pm)
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· Team GB's Duncan Scott has the chance to claim his first individual Olympic medal in the men's 200m freestyle final. Teammate Tom Dean is also involved. (2.43am)
· Kathleen Dawson is the Team GB representative in the women's 100m backstroke final (2.51am)

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· Eden Cheng and Lois Toulson will look to emulate Tom Daley and Matty Lee's success in the women's 10m synchro final (7am-8am)

EQUESTRIAN
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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
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2Nashville SCNashville1568124141026
3Orlando City157442319425
4Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia166642016424
5Columbus Crew156631612424
6New York City FCNY City1472526151123
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8DC United156272118320
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls145361817118
10Atlanta UnitedAtlanta152851418-414
11Toronto153482032-1213
12FC CincinnatiCincinnati143471729-1213
13Chicago Fire153391727-1012
14Inter MiamiInter Miami132381023-139

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England16103330191133
2Nashville SCNashville1568124141026
3Orlando City157442319425
4Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia166642016424
5Columbus Crew156631612424
6New York City FCNY City1472526151123
7CF MontrealMontreal156452018222
8DC United156272118320
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls145361817118
10Atlanta UnitedAtlanta152851418-414
11Toronto153482032-1213
12FC CincinnatiCincinnati143471729-1213
13Chicago Fire153391727-1012
14Inter MiamiInter Miami132381023-139

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