The game in 100 words (or less): Frank Lampard‘s second-half goal was enough to give New York City FC a 1-0 win on the road against the New England Revolution on Wednesday night. An even match throughout the 90 minutes, NYCFC was able to hold on to extend their lead at the top of the Eastern Conference to four points. For New England, the Revs remain outside the playoff race and will now be without goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth, who was sent off in stoppage time after being left without any defensive support, forced to take down the last man as NYCFC hit on the counter.
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Three moments that mattered
8′ — Revs get penalty shout waved off — New England should have been given a penalty shot early in the match, although referee David Gantar thought otherwise. Kelyn Rowe looked to be clearly taken down in the box by Jefferson Mena, but the ref incorrectly swallowed his whistle.
22′ — Villa rejected by the woodwork — David Villa nearly found his 13th goal of the season in the first half, but was rejected by the woodwork. Villa lined up a shot from nearly 30 yards out and beat Revs’ goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth, although his shot rattled off the crossbar as the match remained scoreless.
58′ — Lucky Lampard gets a goal – Frank Lampard scored his third goal of the season, but he didn’t know much about it. Tommy McNamara whipped in a cross from the right wing that deflected off Lampard’s thigh and into the back of the net to put NYCFC ahead.
Man of the match: Frank Lampard
Goalscorer: Lampard (58′)
Red card: Shuttleworth (90’+3′)