June 10, 2018 / 4:58 AM / a year ago

LAFC rally at the death for wild win over Earthquakes

Defender Joao Moutinho scored the winning goal in the 97th minute to give Los Angeles FC a dramatic come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the host San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night at Avaya Stadium.

Forward Adama Diomande scored two goals, including the equalizer in the 90th minute, as LAFC turned what appeared to be a defeat into a victory.

Defender Steven Beitashour had a goal and an assist, and began the tying-goal sequence with a superb cross as LAFC (7-4-3) halted a four-match winless stretch.

Chris Wondolowski scored two goals for the Earthquakes (2-9-3). Midfielder Valeri Qazaishvili also scored a goal, and forward Danny Hoesen had two assists for San Jose, which is 0-4-1 over its last five matches, including four straight losses.

Things were looking bleak for LAFC as the game reached the 90th minute, but Beitashour lofted a cross toward the box. Defender Walker Zimmerman got a foot on it and directed the ball toward Diomande, who easily slammed it home to tie the score.

Seven minutes later, as the referees were about to signal the conclusion of the match, Moutinho received a pass from forward Latif Blessing and squibbed a left-footer through traffic and into the net.

Wondolowski was looking like the hero prior to the late comeback.

The veteran forward scored twice in an 11-minute span of the second half. Wondolowski has four goals this season and 138 in his career. He stands seven behind the MLS record held by Landon Donovan.

Wondolowski put the Earthquakes ahead in the 63rd minute after pilfering the ball from LAFC goalkeeper Tyler Miller. Miller was dribbling the ball near the top of the box and Wondolowski stole it from him just outside the box. He delivered a left-footed blast into the unattended net to give the Earthquakes a 3-2 lead.

Diomande had a golden opportunity to tie the score in the 70th minute, but his close-range shot slithered just wide to the left of beaten goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell.

San Jose struck first in the 11th minute when Qazaishvili — known as “Vako” — broke in on goal and flicked a ball past Miller for his third goal of the campaign.

LAFC answered with two goals over the next eight minutes, the first by Diomande. The Earthquakes failed to clear the ball away from the net in the 15th minute and it went right to Diomande, who headed it in from close range to tie the contest.

Four minutes later, LAFC took a 2-1 lead when Beitashour had a ball deflect in his direction and sent a left-footed shot past Tarbell.

Wondolowski knotted the score at 2-2 in the 52nd minute. He was stationed to the left of the net and took a peek to see where Miller was, and then lofted a shot over the goalkeeper and into the right corner of the net.

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