Hansen pounces, Columbus snatches late draw with Chicago

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MLS Rivalry Week continued with yet another 1-1 draw as Columbus picked up a point on the road in Chicago thanks to Niko Hansen’s 87th minute equalizer.

Last season’s Golden Boot winner¬†Nemanja Nikolic struck in the 67th minute to put Chicago in front, but Hansen was there to pounce on a loose ball in the box with just three minutes remaining to even the score.

Both teams had similar amounts of shots, but Columbus put twice as many on net and held a slight possessional advantage throughout the match. Still, Chicago went in front as Nikolic latched onto a horrible mistake at the back by Columbus defender Milton Valenzuela who played Nikolic in on goal.

Columbus fought to bring it back level, forcing five saves out of Chicago goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland. Eventually, they earned the draw as Hansen pounced on a loose ball in the box.

The shared spoils pushes Columbus seven points above Philadelphia in fourth place in the East, while Chicago is unable to leap Toronto, remaining in 10th on goal differential.