Gustavo assists his brother Leandro in his debut for Real sealing 2-1 victory against MC
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Real Sao Paulo F.C. successfully bounced back from a first half disadvantage and managed to get a 2-1 road victory over Mission Critical at the Crocker Amazon #3 on Sunday. Real relied on two goals by Leandro Monteiro, including one of them at the last minute assisted by his own brother, Gustavo Monteiro, debuting for the Tricolores.
Mission Critical tinkered with their lineup in hopes of finding a winning combination that could break Real out of their funk, but still couldn’t raise their arms in victory, losing for the second time both games against Real this year. Real will enter the biggest home game of the year — on July 24th against rivals Martin Macks — on a 5-game ubeaten streak in order to keep pursuing the league table lead back.
Real dominated the first 20 minutes of the match, but were unable to put away any of their scoring chances. With the away team struggling to find the net, it was the home team who struck first. In the 22nd minute of play, Mission Critical forward was in an offside position inside the box and just flicked the ball past goalkeeper Abner Ramos, replacing Mike Peters and also debuting for Real. Real 0-1.
The Tricolores finally equalized 10 minutes later when Marcos David sent a perfect through ball assist to Leandro entering the box. He fired first time from 18 yards. Mission Critical captain and goalkeeper, who had saved a couple before, could not avoid this one. Real 1-1.
Real had a goal controversially disallowed in the 55th. Gustavo powered a left footer in from the top of the arc, but it was called back when the referee ruled that he was offside.
A late goal from Leandro, his second in the game and fourteenth of the season, canceled out the opponents tentatives to take the lead. Gustavo, his brother, took the free kick and sent a perfect cross accurately at Leandro's head at the penalty mark. Leandro flicked it just enough to send it to the top, right corner. Real 2-1.
The game also had an ejection for Mission Critical player #22 who got his second yellow card after two warnings from unexperienced referee Victor Rivas.
The win kept the tricolores in the top 3 still tied with Knights F.C. and now only one point behind the current leaders Martin Macks as they tied SF City FC this past Sunday. Real now plays against Martin Macks only on July 24th. This will be a critical round for the tricolores as they keep challenging for the lead of the table and playing against the leaders is always a "6-point game".
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