Chelsea legend Didier Drogba helped Montreal Impact as they forced a draw in the keenly contested match against Major League Soccer side, Columbus Crew SC.
This was not the first time in Montreal Impact history that drama surrounds a penalty kick taken against the Montreal Impact. One player has had such influence on penalty kicks that it has changed the outcome of the kick last year, and on a crazy Saturday night in Ohio, the outcome of the game was altered.
It was in the fall of 2015, Sacha Klejstan was about to take an important penalty kick. Then Drogba said; “Ca a marché” and it worked. That was what Didier Drogba said to French central defender, Damien Perrinnelle, after the miss. What did not work is that the New York Red Bulls went on to win 2-1 at Red Bull Arena but the former Galatasaray centre forward learnt from this experience and understood that one does not need to be that involved to play mind games.
Kei Kamara and Federico Higuain caused a public meltdown between both teammates over their penalty kick. The ensuing post-game press conference by Kei Kamara was quite astonishing and shocking in the raw nature of the comments as he blasted his team mate, Higuain, for not giving him the opportunity to score his first career hat trick, at least before he was traded again against his wish. The player was not a stranger to being traded as he has been traded before, on three occasions on the long career at the MLS.
Drogba scoring that penalty kick cost Columbus and the mental breakdown ensued as the Impact came back from a 3-goal deficit to tie the game 4-4. The goal was the third for the season since the former Chelsea striker returned from injury. The draw sends Impact to the top of the table ahead of Toronto and Philadelphia Union.