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Revolution 0, Crew 1: Revs concede just before halftime

Set piece goal dooms the Revs.

MLS: New England Revolution at Columbus Crew SC Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Revolution conceded just before halftime as they lost 1-0 to the Columbus Crew on Saturday night.

In the 11th minute, Jalil Anibaba pushed forward to collect a loose ball that he fired towards net. Zach Steffan was there to prevent the defender from getting his second goal in 2019.

Three minutes later, Federico Higuain challenged the Revolution’s goal. The attacker beat Cody Cropper, but couldn’t put his shot past Michael Mancienne.

Anibaba made a crucial block in the 35th minute, nullifying a cross that had eyes for Gyasi Zardes. The defender clapped heavily, understanding the importance of his play.

Josh Williams broke the deadlock just before halftime when he headed home a Higuain set piece. This was the third time that the Argentine midfielder had a helper against the Revs.

Columbus almost grabbed a second off a set piece when Jonathan Mensah got on the end of a Higuain corner kick in the 49th minute. Scott Caldwell made a big stop as he stood on the goal line.

The Revs found themselves down a man after Mancienne took down Higuain in the 64th minute. Referee Rubiel Vazquez let play continue for a moment before disciplining the captain’s tackle with a second yellow.

Despite being down a man, the Revs had a good look on goal during the game’s dying minutes. Teal Bunbury played instigator as he cut the ball back from inside the box. Cristian Penilla pushed forward but couldn’t get a clear shot.

The Revolution return home net weekend when they host Atlanta United.