Late penalty hands Minnesota United win over Timbers (video)

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Minnesota United and a visiting Portland Timbers were set to split points following a tepid back-and-forth bout, but fate had a different outcome in mind.

Two minutes into stoppage time, following VAR review, Ethan Finlay converted from the spot, propelling the Loons to second in the Western Conference with 38 points – edging the Quakes and Sounders only on a tiebreaker.

The call made by referee Chris Penso will make the rounds, as many can argue Timbers’ defender Larrys Mabiala had limited space to move his arms away from Ike Opara’s headed ball, though.

Fair call or not, the Loons faithful had every reason to sing “Wonderwall” after securing three, crucial points ahead of a what will be a tight playoff push in the West.