Nani scores late, lifts Orlando City over Atlanta United
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Nani scored on a late header and Orlando City beat Atlanta United 3-2 on Friday night to move into second place in the Eastern Conference.
Nani got behind the back line of the defense to finish Silvester van der Water's in-swinging cross in the 87th minute, giving Orlando (8-4-4) its first lead of the match.
Oriando City tied it at 2 in the 79th minute when van der Water headed down Benji Michel's header pass.
Josef Martinez scored for Atlanta 48 seconds into the match with a right-footed blast from a step behind the penalty arc.
Kyle Smith tied it at 1 for Orlando in the 43rd minute, heading home Nani's cross. It was the third goal by an Orlando City defender in the last 87 matches.
Atlanta United (2-6-8) retook the lead in the 66th minute on Marcelino Moreno's right-footed shot from outside the penalty area.
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Updated July 30, 2021