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  • August 25, 2012
  • • 7:40 PM
  • • MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Referee: Armando Villarreal
  • • Attendance: 13651

Columbus Crew 4-3 New England Revolution: Federico Higuain scores two free kicks

Columbus Crew 4-3 New England Revolution: Federico Higuain scores two free kicks

Jamie Sabau

Federico Higuain scored a pair of peachy free kicks, helping the Crew bounce back from two goals down to win a wacky 4-3 game over New England.

The New England Revolution rushed to a two-goal lead but the hosting Columbus Crew roared back, eventually winning 4-3.

The goals started with a bang. Ryan Guy took a one-time shot from 30 yards out which looked to take a deflection as it whistled into the net.

Jerry Bengtson doubled the lead a few minutes later. Josh Williams kept him onside, and Bengtson swirled around Andy Gruenebaum, who came charging off his line. The Honduran executed a full spin before sneaking a shot off the post and in ahead of Williams' last-ditch slide.

The next goal followed even more quickly. Federico Higuain scored his second MLS goal, from a free kick. The newly-acquired Designated Player curled the set piece over the wall and inside the top corner of the goal, with Matt Reis sprawling.

The Crew drew level after half an hour. Milovan Mirosevic juggled and lifted the ball over the Revs defense with the outside of his right foot. Jairo Arrieta sprinted onto it and uncorked a frighteningly powerful shot which beat Reis at the near post.

Higuain, the older brother of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo, put Columbus ahead minutes before halftime. With another free kick, the 27-year-old hit it with a similar arc as his first but to the opposite side. It proved just as successful.

The game settled down in the second half, until it had 10 minutes remaining. Julius James pulled down Diego Fagundez in the box, and Lee Nguyen easily sent substitute Matt Lampson the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Arrieta, celebrating his 29th birthday, scored the winner in the 86th minute. Tony Tchani put him through this time, and the Costa Rican prodded the ball past Reis.

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