Hani Mokhtar doubled Nashville’s victory over Orlando City

Hani Mokhtar doubled Nashville’s victory over Orlando City

Hani Mokhtar scored Nashville’s first two goals in a 3-1 home win over Orlando City in the Eastern League first-round playoff on Tuesday.

Third-seeded Nashville will visit the second-seeded Philadelphia Union in the conference semi-finals on Sunday.

With the match tied 1-1 in the 74th minute, Mokhtar, who tied for fifth place in the league with 16 goals, hit 30 yards into the middle of the penalty area with four defenders chasing, then hit a low shot past goalkeeper Pedro Galese. .

Gondar Cadiz scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time in the second half of the last margin.

Daryl Dyke put Orlando ahead in the 14th minute before Mokhtar equalized 1-1 in the 21st minute.

The game was expected to be tight at 45 minutes given that all three games this season have been a draw and Nashville has tied a league record with 18 draws.

Unsurprisingly, Orlando headed to Dyke from a corner kick by Mauricio Pereira. Dike took a step back from his defender and fired a 6-yard shot past goalkeeper Joe Willis, who tied the MLS lead by 13.

Nashville conceded the first goal in eight of its 17 home games, but managed to become the seventh team in Major League Soccer history to have a regular season unbeaten at home (8-0-9).

There was also no shock as Nashville ran into an early deficit as Dike’s goal scored the fifth in a row that allowed for a goal in the first 20 minutes.

Orlando’s lead was short-lived after Mokhtar received a pass from Anibal Godoy, who dismissed Junior Urso in midfield to start the move.

Mokhtar’s long shot hit Orlando defender Antonio Carlos, causing the ball to float over Galeese.

The other semi-final match will be held in the Eastern Conference on November 30, the fourth seed at New York City FC at New England Revolution, the top seed.

–Field Media Level

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