BRONX — New York City FC can thank its lucky stars and VAR for its dramatic 2-1 victory over the 10-man New England Revolution Saturday afternoon.
Jesus Medina scored twice in the second half, including the penalty-kick winner six minutes into added time before a crowd of 21,236 at Yankee Stadium.
The victory boosted NYCFC into first place in the Eastern Conference with a 15-5-8 mark and 53 points, two points clear of the idle Philadelphia Union (15-8-6, 51). City has a game in hand with six games remaining in its regular season.
The Video Assistant Referee was in the middle of two crucial decisions in the match.
It helped referee Silviu Petrescu rule that Antonio Mlinar Delamea deserved a red card for fouling Valentin Castellanos, who had an obvious goal-scoring opportunity in the ninth minute.
It also helped Petrescu determine that Andrew Farrell had tripped Alexandru Mitrita inside the area during second-half stoppage time to set up the game-winning penalty kick.
Jesus Medina scores from the penalty spot jn the 96th minute to win it for NYC at Yankee Stadium!
Posted by New York City FC on Saturday, September 7, 2019
It was a chippy game and then some as Petrescu handed out nine yellow cards, five to the Revs, besides the red.
Juan Fernando Caicedo, off a Farrell assist, lifted the visitors into a second-minute lead.
Despite playing a man down, that lasted until the 70th minute when Medina, who had replaced Sebastien Ibeagha on the hour, equalized. Anton Tinnerholm and Alex Ring assisted.