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RECAP: New York City 2, New England 1

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Pigeons take all three points in a smash-and-grab

MLS: New England Revolution at New York City FC Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

75 minutes into tonight’s game, things looked dire for New York City. They trailed the New England Revolution 1-0. Playing in front of 22,415 fans, the Pigeons had delivered a wan, lethargic performance. They struggled to get things going in any fashion.

Then this happened.

As ever, David Villa was the man who keyed the turnaround for New York City. This goal — his 19th of the season — drew things level, and shocked the Pigeons into life. Maxi Moralez got things going with a whippet-quick restart. He fed Villa, who took on multiple defenders, before laying the ball off back to Moralez. Moralez then passed to Ben Sweat, who delivered a cross across the face of goal to Khiry Shelton. Shelton then poked over to Villa, who buried the shot.

For the remaining 15 minutes of the game, New York City were on the front foot. But if they had any realistic hope of catching Toronto FC for the Supporters’ Shield, a draw wouldn’t suffice. They needed all three points, and New England wasn’t about to oblige.

In the 94th minute, though, the Revs defense finally gave way.

A long, looping ball into the box found Villa. Villa settled the ball, then passed over to Sweat at the top of the box. Sweat found an onrushing Jonathan Lewis and passed the ball to him. Lewis took two touches — one to settle, then one to shoot — before scorching the net with the winner.

The win moves New York City to 46 points, four behind Toronto. They face New York Red Bulls on Friday in the final regular season clash of the Hudson River Derby.