Columbus Crew SC defeated the New England Revolution 2-0 with goals but statiscally, how did Crew SC match up against the Revs?
How Well Did Columbus Crew SC Match Up Against the New England Revolution?
Ola Kamara opened the scoring in the 13th minute to give the home side a 1-0 lead. At the time being, Federico Higuain was granted a secondary assist. Upon further review after the game, Opta determined that the run made by Justin Meram was too long, and rescinded the assist from Higuain. He eventually would double the lead to 2-0 when Kamara found the Argentine midfielder at the top of the arc above the 18-yard box, and nailed a right-footed curler to the roof of the net. Final score, 2-0.
Stats Start Talking
It’s very common to know that, yes, Crew SC did win because they had more goals than the Revs. But statistically speaking, they didn’t do too well. Stats are provided by Opta Jack.
At the full time whistle, both teams were about even with 50 percent each of duels won percentage. Columbus led the first half with 52.5 percent while New England settled for a 47.5 percent. The Revs would eventually gain momentum in the second half, earning about 52 percent of duels won while Crew SC got about 48 percent. Adding both of the scores together, they averaged out to about 50 percent each.
The Revs completed a grand total of 504 passes, while Columbus completed 499. The home side had more at 273 while the opposition had 237. In the second half, the away side completed 267 and Columbus made 226.
Both teams were just about even on their passing accuracy, but Columbus pulled out that stat. Having 83.5 percent in the first, and 82.7 percent in the second, it averaged out to just about 83. Meanwhile, New England ended with 81 percent, having 77.6 percent in the first half and 84.3 in the second half.
In the attacking halves of the field, New England beat out Columbus by two percent, gaining a total of 75 percent while Columbus was stuck at 73.
The Revolution also dominated the passing in the final third with 75 percent while Columbus managed 71 percent.
Revs Dominate Possession
The Black and Gold were dominating possession in the first half for the first 20 minutes. However, it would be the Revolution who ended up gaining more possession in the end with 50.7 percent, gaining another 1.6.
New England had a total of 18 shots — including blocks — to end the game, while Columbus only had 12. It’s easy to see where the Revs shot from the most, which was inside the penalty box (ten shots for New England, six for Columbus). They also dominated the corner statistic, earning a total of seven corner kicks to Columbus’ three during the match.
So while Columbus may have won on the board, on the field New England came and played their best.
Columbus Crew SC are back at home Wednesday against Toronto FC, while New England host Real Salt Lake.
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