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Nov 30, 2015 at 12.30am UK at ​Red Bull Arena
NY Red BullsNew York Red Bulls
1-0
Columbus Crew
Abang (93')
Martins (28'), Zizzo (85')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Sauro (67')

Result: Columbus Crew survive New York Red Bulls fightback to reach MLS Cup

Despite losing 1-0, the Columbus Crew survive a late comeback from the New York Red Bulls to secure a 2-1 aggregate success and progress to the MLS Cup.

The Columbus Crew have booked their spot in the MLS Cup despite losing 1-0 to the New York Red Bulls in their Conference Final second leg.

A late scare arrived for Columbus when Anatole Abang broke the deadlock in stoppage time, but they survived the onslaught to secure a 2-1 aggregate success.

Even with a 2-0 aggregate lead, Columbus refused to rest on their laurels and sought to kill off the tie as early as possible in New Jersey this morning.

With two minutes gone, the hosts' goalkeeper Luis Robles pulled off an impressive save to keep out Ethan Finlay's effort from inside the box, with Kemar Lawrence then hooking the ball away.

Worryingly for the Red Bulls, Robles was in the thick of it once again on eight minutes when he kept out Kei Kamara - who netted the second last week - as Crew looked in full control.

The hosts, who won the Supporters Shield, had netted an MLS-best 62 goals during the 2015 regular season, but chances were few and far between for Jesse Marsch's side.

They had to wait 33 minutes to even register a shot, but Felipe Martins's effort from outside the box flew harmlessly wide of Steve Clark's post.

Both sides had chances in the final minutes of the half, with Robles denying Kamara yet again, before Clark kept out Bradley Wright-Phillips's goal-bound header on the stroke of half time.

The Red Bulls were restricted to long-range strikes for long spells of the second half as Columbus defended stubbornly, with Wright-Phillips and Sal Zizzo both shooting straight at Clark.

A patient passing move created New York's best chance of the night as Sacha Kljestan found space in the box, but Clark produced a stunning stop to rescue his side once again.

As the final whistle approached, it looked like the visitors would hold on comfortably but a cross caused problems for the defence, which allowed Abang to head home as Clark attempted to punch clear.

New York were agonisingly close to forcing extra time when Wright-Phillips connected with another cross in the fourth and final minute of stoppage time, but his header came back off the post as Columbus held on to set up a meeting with the Portland Timbers, who had held off Dallas earlier in the day.

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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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