Drogba scores hat-trick in first Montreal Affect begin

The former Chelsea man helped his side to a crucial 4-3 win over Chicago Fire - the MLS club he was initially expected to sign for after leaving Stamford Bridge

(Aim) — Didier Drogba scored a hat-trick in his first begin for Montreal Affect in a Four-Three win over Chicago Hearth on Sunday.

Drogba signed with the Affect in late July after leaving Chelsea however was not deemed match sufficient to play till August 22 after which, after a debut in its place, was sidelined on account of a toe damage. Within the interim, Montreal misplaced the Canadian Championship Ultimate to Vancouver after which to Toronto FC within the league, costing coach Frank Klopas his job.

However in his first begin, Drogba’s full debut proved to be definitely worth the wait as he delivered a vital three factors for the house facet.

Drogba opened the scoring within the 27th minute, amassing a cross from Nigel Reo-Coker earlier than holding off Eric Gehrig within the space to show and ship a end into the nook and open his MLS account.

The Hearth equalised 9 minutes later as Jeff Larentowicz scored from the penalty spot following a Maxim Tissot foul on Harry Shipp within the space, however Montreal have been again in entrance courtesy of Wandrille Lefevre.

The scores have been degree once more two minutes later as Gilberto discovered the again of the online for the Hearth, who then went in entrance by Kennedy Igboananike within the 59th minute, earlier than Drogba modified the sport.

Within the 61st minute, after a fast restart, Drogba unleashed a robust end into the roof of the online to equalise and 4 minutes later he adopted up his personal rebound after a terrific response save from Hearth keeper Sean Johnson to offer the Affect a lead they might not relinquish.

Drogba practically scored a fourth in stoppage time as he beat two defenders close to the nook flag, however his shot throughout the face of aim went simply extensive.

Regardless of his man-of-the-match efficiency, Drogba insists he’s nonetheless not 100 p.c match.

“The manager asked me how I was feeling and I was a bit tired at the end; I’m working hard to get back to fitness,” he stated after the sport. “It’s only my second real week of work after two months of nothing so it’s a bit difficult at the end, but I’m quite happy with my physical performance today.”

Affect interim coach Mauro Biello stated: “What can I say; It was an exceptional performance. He’s someone who’s really engaged. He’s won everywhere. He came here with a great desire to win and that’s what we saw tonight.”

Although his toe remains to be bothering him, Drogba stated he doesn’t anticipate to overlook any extra video games with the Affect.

“It’s still painful, even more now,” he stated. “But I’ve got a few days now to rest and get some treatment and to be ready for the next game”.

With the win, the Affect moved two factors away from Orlando Metropolis for the final spot within the Jap Convention play-offs, with Montreal having an extra 4 video games in hand.

Aline Niyonkuru

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