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Goalkeeping blunder from Drogba's added-time free-kick ends LA Galaxy's unbeaten run

Steven Gerrard’s side were beaten at the death in Quebec.

LA GALAXY WERE seconds away from extending their undefeated streak to a 10th game last night in the MLS… until Didier Drogba stepped up to give Montreal Impact their first win in seven outings.

With the game level at 2-2 and in the fourth minute of additional time, Drogba’s long-range free-kick from wide on the left managed to find the net thanks to a shocking blunder from Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe.

After Gio dos Santos had given Galaxy an eighth-minute lead, Impact went ahead courtesy of goals from Ignacio Piatti and Lucas Ontivero either side of the interval. Mike Magee brought Galaxy back on level terms but Drogba snatched the win for the hosts late on.

Source: Major League Soccer/YouTube

Galaxy were without key players such as Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes due to international duty, but the likes of Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole and Nigel de Jong still couldn’t prevent Bruce Arena’s side from slipping to their second defeat of the season, which leaves them in fifth place in the Western Conference, eight points behind the leaders — Kevin Doyle’s Colorado Rapids — but with two games in hand.

“We just show him support and try to help him. It’s unique because Brian doesn’t make many mistakes,” Galaxy captain Gerrard said of Brian Rowe’s howler. “I’m surprised, but as I told him in the dressing room, I showed him support. We make mistakes, but we win, lose and draw together. We move on.”

Elsewhere last night, former Manchester City and Southampton striker Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a hat-trick in the opening 27 minutes as New York Red Bulls — in second place in the Eastern Conference — were 3-0 winners at home to Toronto FC.

Source: New York Red Bulls/YouTube

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