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         === Fernandez rescues point for Timbers in draw with Crew ===
 
 Portland,  OR (SportsNetwork.com)  - Gaston Fernandez scored five minutes from
 time  to salvage a point for the 10-man Portland Timbers on Saturday in a wild
 3-3 draw with the Columbus Crew at Providence Park.
 
 Portland  got off the mark quickly in front of the home fans, finding the back
 of  the net  after just  five  minutes when  Steve Zakuani  played Max  Urruti
 through  on  goal and  the Argentine  fired it  past Columbus goalkeeper Steve
 Clark.
 
 But  Columbus  drew level in the  14th minute as Hector Jimenez found Federico
 Higuain  with space in  the middle of the park. Higuain picked up his head and
 chipped  a  beautiful strike  over  the  head  of Timbers  goalkeeper  Donovan
 Ricketts and into the bottom left corner.
 
 Things  became more difficult for the Timbers in the 34th minute when defender
 Alvas  Powell was sent  off for a rash challenge on Columbus' Chad Barson, and
 the  visitors took the lead in first-half stoppage time when Higuain completed
 a brace with a penalty conversion.
 
 The  match really opened  up in the final 10 minutes and the hosts made it 2-2
 with  10 minutes to  play when Will Johnson's strike from inside the area took
 a deflection and beat Clark.
 
 But  less  than a  minute later  the Crew took  the lead  again, this time the
 deflection  worked in favor  of the visitors as a strike from Ethan Finlay hit
 Timbers defender Mamadou Danso and beat Ricketts.
 
 Despite  falling behind  late on, the Timbers rallied for another equalizer in
 the  85th minute  as a free kick  from Diego Valeri was flicked on by newcomer
 Fanendo  Adi  and it fell to  the feet of  Fernandez, who made no mistake from
 close range.
 
 The  result  leaves  the  Timbers  second  from  the  bottom  in  the  Western
 Conference with 10  points, while  Columbus moves to sixth  place in  the East
 with 13 points.
 
 
 
 05/18 01:01:22 ET

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