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By a whisker: Stoppage time penalty kick wins it for Loons

Finlay scores, Marrone saves in win over Portland

August 05, 2019 - 5:05 am

   ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Ethan Finlay scored on a penalty kick in stoppage time, Vito Mannone had five saves for his second consecutive shutout and Minnesota United beat the Portland Timbers 1-0 on Sunday.

   Mannone has shutouts in three of his last four games. Minnesota (11-7-5) is unbeaten, with five wins, in its last seven.

   Portland's Larrys Mabiala was called for a hand ball in the area and, after video review confirmed the call, Finlay converted from the spot in the second minute of stoppage time.

   "Ultimately, we want the right call, don’t we?" said Heath. "If VAR is going to give us that, then it’s going to be good for the game. Today it went for us. No doubt, at some stage, [it’ll] go against [us] like it has done a couple times."

   It was the first of two matches in less than a week between the Loons and Timbers. They square off again Wednesday at Allianz Field in a US Open Cup match.

   "Obviously, this is great," said Finlay. "We jump into second place for the time being. But this is a totally different competition. We have a short turnaround, both teams have it."

   The Timbers had 57% possession and controlled much of the action but couldn't convert. Sebastian Blanco missed wide on a chance in the third minute and his long-range shot in the 16th was tipped over the crossbar by Mannone - who made a double-save in the 29th minute. Brian Fernandez first-timed a shot off the post in the 78th and his header in the 82nd slipped just over the crossbar.

   The Timbers (9-9-4) had their six-game unbeaten streak snapped.

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