New York City FC defeated Toronto 5-4 thanks to Pereira’s goal

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New York City FC defeated Toronto FC 5-4 in a crazy nine-goal thriller at Citi Field, thanks to a stirring comeback and a late scare.

New York City FC defeated Toronto 5-4 thanks to Pereira's goal

After Toronto had raced into a two-goal first-half lead, Taty Castellanos, Thiago, Santiago Rodrguez, Keaton Parks, and the first goal for Gabriel Pereira secured a merited triumph.

Ronny Deila’s team now has 11 goals in two games, continuing their ascent up the Eastern Conference standings despite Alfredo Morales’ red card and two late Toronto goals.

NYCFC also had four other players score goals, including Santiago Rodriguez and Keaton Parks, who both scored once.

For Toronto, Jesus Jimenez scored two goals, Michael Bradley added another, and Deandre Christopher Kerr added another (3-3-2).

The New York City FC outshot Toronto 19-6, with 12 shots on goal to Toronto’s six.

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For NYCFC, Sean Johnson stopped two of the six shots he faced. For Toronto, Alex Bono stopped seven of the twelve shots he faced.

After Alfredo Morales received his second yellow card in the 89th minute, New York City played the final few minutes with a man advantage.

Following last Sunday’s 6-0 triumph over Real Salt Lake, Head Coach Ronny Deila made one forced alteration to the starting lineup.

New York City FC defeated Toronto 5-4 thanks to Pereira's goal

For the Boys in Blue, Keaton Parks replaced the injured Thiago Martins in the starting lineup as they returned to Citi Field for the first time since their painful 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs defeat to the same opponents.

Despite a strong start, NYCFC fell behind two goals in the first half, as Jesus Jiménez continued his outstanding form with a brace, with the goals coming on each side of a VAR-disallowed shot by Castellanos.

A weaker team would have crumbled, but Castellanos was unfazed, scoring a close-range goal seven minutes before halftime to cut the score in half.

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That score came at the ideal time, as NYCFC exploded out of the gates in the second half, scoring four goals in a row to turn the game around in spectacular fashion.

Thiago was a persistent threat down the right flank throughout, and he finally got the goal he deserved with a tap-in from close range on 49′, thanks to Talles Magno’s assist.

After a stunning interception from Alexander Callens sparked a rapid counterattack deep in Toronto territory, Rodrguez rifled into the far corner to make it three minutes later.

Keaton Parks made it three goals in ten minutes with a close-range strike on 58′, before second-half substitute Pereira sublimely swept in his first NYCFC goal to effectively put the visitors out of reach.

The visitors, on the other hand, had other ideas, scoring two late goals on either side of Alfredo Morales’ second yellow card, which reduced his team to ten men.

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New York City FC defeated Toronto 5-4 thanks to Pereira's goal

Despite a man advantage and late long balls into City territory, NYC hung on for back-to-back victories.

On Sunday, the New York City FC will host the San Jose Earthquakes, while Toronto will host Cincinnati on Saturday.

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