The Portland Timbers looked to be ruling most of the game. They already had two shots on goal by the 15th minute of the game.
In the 28th minute, Jorge Moreira took a shot, but Minnesota keeper, Vito Mannone, saved the ball. Then, Sebastian Blanco got a foot on the deflected ball and that was also saved by Mannone.
It wasn’t until the 39th minute that Minnesota had a close shot on goal. Jan Gregus missed his shot on the top left corner of the goal.
Portland had another chance in the 77th minute when Jeremy Ebobisse got the ball from a long pass. He dropped it back to Brian Fernandez, who took a shot on the far-right post. The Minnesota defense deflected the ball after it hit the post.
Four minutes later, Portland had another chance on goal. However, it was headed over the post.
Not long after, Minnesota got a close chance on goal. Abu Danladi got the ball at the top of the 18. He tried to pass to Mason Toye who was making a run center of the box. Toye slid to try and redirect the ball into the goal. He got a foot on it, but it was already past the far post and went out instead.
In the 88th minute, Minnesota finally got their chance when Portland player, Larrys Mabiala, did a handball on a corner. The referee had to go to VAR to review the play. He then called the handball, which gave Minnesota the penalty kick.
Ethan Finlay took the kick. He shot inside the left post. Portland keeper, Steve Clark, dove for the ball and got his hands on it. However, he pushed the ball into the goal and gave Minnesota the 1-0 win.
Minnesota is currently sitting in second place for the Western Conference, while Portland sits in eighth.
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