CF Montreal let two valuable points slip late against Inter Miami on Saturday evening, settling for a 2-2 draw at Stade Saputo.
Romell Quioto scored his 10th and 11th goals of the Major League Soccer season for Montreal (12-8-4), while Gonzalo Higuain continued his excellent form for Miami (9-10-6) with Emerson Rodríguez providing a dramatic late equalizer.
Montreal dominated possession in the opening minutes, probing at Miami’s back line until a beautiful ball from Samuel Piette found Quioto at the back post, opening the scoring.
Before the stadium announcer was done calling the goal, Miami struck back. A beautiful through ball from Alejandro Pozuelo found a streaking Higuain who made no mistake.
Montreal -- seemingly unfazed by Miami’s immediate response -- continued to dominate possession, pinning the visitors in their own third. It took another deadly ball from Piette just before the 20th minute to open them up, finding Mason Toye’s head at the back post.
This time, the shot deflected off Christopher McVey’s arm resulting in a penalty awarded by VAR that Quioto calmly dispatched.
Montreal continued to dominate the ball well into the second half but couldn’t find the final ball or touch to put the game out of reach.
The best chance of the lot came when Djordje Mihailovic played a perfect ball in to space for a cutting Lassi Lappalainen, whose heavy touch saw the chance disappear.
This would come back to haunt them with 10 minutes left as a Miami counter and ensuing scramble saw Rodríguez sneak home a late equalizer.
Both teams are back in action on Aug. 13 as Montreal heads to PNC Stadium to play the Houston Dynamo, while Miami hosts NYCFC at home.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 6, 2022.
Elias Grigoriadis, The Canadian Press