Bastian Schweinsteiger scores to lift Chicago Fire over 10-man Effect


Video inspection was used in an Impact game for the first time this year and it didn’t go Montreal’s way.

The referee used the movie inspection technologies to transform a yellow card into a red card and the 10-man Montreal Impact went on to lose 1-0 from the Chicago Fire on Saturday.

Montreal was left shorthanded when defender Deian Boldor, which makes his Impact introduction, was sent off for a challenge on Bastian Schweinsteiger in the 50th minute.

Schweinsteiger went on to score the only goal of the match.

“It wasn’t as bad as it seemed,” said Boldor, who combined the Effect on loan this summer. “I am sad because we lost the match. I put my team in a bad position. I never took a red card before in my entire life. It is my first. I am mad because it was a fantastic match before the red card.

“When I saw it was red, I could not believe it. He (the referee) ruined a gorgeous game.”

Referee Baldomero Toledo originally gave Boldor a yellow card for his reckless studs-up challenge on Schweinsteiger’s calf. Upon the recommendation of the Video Assistant Referee, Toledo then went into the movie review booth and opted to give Boldor a reddish instead.

“He reaches for the ball but I’m not sure there is even contact,” said Montreal head coach Mauro Biello of this challenge. “It must be 100 percent convincing that it is a red card. When it is not conclusive, the telephone on the area has to stand.

“It’s subjective ultimately. There is someone looking at it who believed it was a red. I have seen tackles like that not even given a yellow previously.

“You can not give a red card just because it is Schweinsteiger.”

Seven minutes after Boldor walked off the pitch, Schweinsteiger scored his third goal in a Chicago uniform as the Fire snapped their four-game losing skid in MLS.

The 33-year-old was left alone in the box when he got at the end of a low cross from Matt Polster for the simple side-footed tap-in, his first goal since April 15.

The goal was one of two shots on goal for Chicago (13-9-5) at the experience. Montreal (10-10-6) also finished the match with two shots on net.

Schweinsteiger, who had been taken from the match in the 79th minute, was icing his calf from the locker-room following the match.

“The kick with the red card, you can see the calf, the interior of the calf,” said Schweinsteiger. “I will see how it goes this week.

“The red card was not great for Montreal but it was not a wise move from the protector.”

The seventh-place Impact, playing their final match of a four-game homestand, have lost two in a row since winning four straight.

Ignacio Piatti, who had scored in five consecutive games coming into Saturday’s competition, came close to equalizing when his shot hit the post in the 80th minute. He also had an opportunity in stoppage time, but goalkeeper Matt Lampson made an easy save.

It is the first time Montreal has failed to score a goal at home in MLS in 21 games, dating back to Aug. 20, 2016.

The Effect have eight games remaining this year. Five of these are from Saputo Stadium.

“It will not be simple (making the playoffs),” said captain Patrice Bernier. “There are a whole lot of games on the road. Most of us need to play our very best soccer. Every game must be played like it is a final. Eight games. Eight finals.”

Midfielder Andres Romero made his first start for the Impact since tearing his ACL in October 2015. The 27-year had made three substitute appearances since. He played 66 minutes before coming off for Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla.

Montreal was without four key players on international duty: Blerim Dzemaili (Switzerland), Laurent Ciman (Belgium), Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Canada) and Samuel Piette (Canada). Defender Shaun Francis (Jamaica), who has yet to begin for the Impact, was also absent.

Because of this, homegrown midfielder Louis Beland-Goyette made his third start of the season.

Courtesy: The Globe And Mail