It took 90 minutes of play plus a penalty shootout for visiting French club Olympique Lyonnais to defeat the Montreal Impact on Tuesday night at Stade Saputo in what ended up being an entertaining friendly.
The two sides battled to a 1-1 draw in regulation time - powered by first half goals by Lyon's Jeremy Pied and Impact rookie Andrew Wenger - but the score could have been much higher as the hosts put on a defensive show in front of the 19,225 in attendance.
The visitors opened the scoring when Pied got himself free from about 25 yards out and unleashed a low drive to Evan Bush's left. The Impact backup goalkeeper couldn't get to the shot, and Lyon found itself up 1-0 at the 28th minute.
It didn't take long for Montreal to draw level, as Wenger fired home the equalizer just 11 minutes later. The first overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft collected a pass from Patrice Bernier at the top of the Lyon area, and in one swift move he spun free from his defender and fired a rocket into the upper left corner of the visitors' goal.
The second half didn't see any scoring, thanks in large part to the play of the Montreal back line and, specifically, Bush. The Impact 'keeper made several excellent saves to keep his side in the match, and at the other end Lyon was lucky that substitute Eduardo Sebrango didn't grab a goal for the home side on the counter.
With the match deadlocked, the penalty shootout looked like it was going to be over in short order as Lyon jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first three kicks. Montreal converted a couple of kicks in a row to make it interesting, but the hole was too big to dig out of, and the visitors ultimately prevailed 4-2 in the shootout.
Montreal next faces the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night at Stade Saputo in MLS play.
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