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Vancouver FC and Atlético Ottawa Settle for 1-1 Draw Despite Frenetic 2nd Half

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May 13, 2024 – Canadian Premier League (CPL)
Atletico Ottawa News Release

Vancouver FC and Atlético Ottawa rounded off matchday #4 of the Canadian Premier League with a 1-1 draw at Langley’s Willoughby Community Park on Sunday.

After a quiet first half from both sides, the game came alive in the second half. First, Atlético Ottawa opened the scoring in the 56th minute, as Rubén del Campo slotted home on a rebound after his team won the ball high up the pitch. Then, Vancouver responded with an equalizer in the 68th minute, as Alejandro Díaz headed home a Kadin Chung cross to tie things at 1-1.

From there, however, both teams were unable to find a winner despite both pushing for one late, leaving them to split the points in the end.

Three Observations

Frenetic second half push from Vancouver and Ottawa unable to yield winner:

To begin this game, both teams struggled to break down the other, making it look like a chess match.

At one end, Vancouver just couldn’t get anything going offensively, generating just one shot in the first half, as a pre-game switch to the 4-2-3-1 from the 4-2-2-2 didn’t end up working. Meanwhile, at the other end, while Ottawa were doing better, generating seven shots for a total of 1.35 xG, most of that xG came from a two-shot sequence from Ballou Tabla that he probably should’ve scored in the 31st minute – other than that, most of their chances were of the lower quality variety.

In the second half, however, things came alive as both teams looked to break open the game. Vancouver made the first move, subbing in the dangerous Alejandro Díaz to switch back to their preferred 4-2-2-2 set-up, before Ottawa responded by starting to press higher up the field and play more aggressively to put Vancouver under pressure.

Those moves ended up working, as Vancouver started to knock on Ottawa’s door, while Ottawa were starting to really put the pressure on their hosts, leading both teams to trade goals as they did in that fifteen-minute stretch.

Photo Credit: Vancouver FC/Beau Chevalier

Because of that, it seemed like this game still had more goals in it late, making it seem like someone was destined to leave with a winner.

Despite that, the winner didn’t come, however, as neither side were able to find that late breakthrough. It wasn’t for a lack of trying, as Vancouver had three shots in the final 15 minutes, while Ottawa had four, but neither had an attempt over 0.13 xG in that span, that being a late Aboubacar Sissoko chance that he…

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