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USL: Tampa Bay Rowdies Earn Massive Win in Nashville

NASHVILLE — The Tampa Bay Rowdies picked up an absolutely massive result on Tuesday night, downing Nashville SC at First Tennessee Park in dramatic fashion to post their second win in four days with a 2-1 victory.

Georgi Hristov opened the scoring early with a sixth-minute penalty kick and a Junior Flemmings cross was turned into Nashville’s own net in the 69th minute to put the Rowdies ahead for good.

This marks the first time since March 17 and 24 that the Rowdies (10-12-7, 37 points) have posted back-to-back wins. Tampa Bay has now won three of its last four matches heading into a home game against the Richmond Kickers this Saturday night.

With three more points in the bag, the Rowdies have moved up to 11th place and are now within four points of the playoff line.

The match got off to a great start for Tampa Bay when Hristov got on the end of a brilliant through ball from Kwadwo Poku only for former teammate Matt Pickens to drag him down, giving the Rowdies a penalty kick in the opening few minutes.

Hristov slotted the penalty right down the middle to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute. It was Hristov’s first goal since July 21 against the Indy Eleven.

The home team started to impose itself after the goal, taking firm control of the proceedings as the Rowdies dropped back and absorbed pressure.

Nashville (10-9-9, 39 points) would find its equalizer in the 20th minute when Lebo Moloto tapped in a Kosuke Kimura cross to tie the match at 1-1.

The Rowdies had a few chances to take a lead before halftime on dynamic counter attacks, the best of which resulted in a Poku shot that was saved by Pickens.

The second half saw Nashville continue to put pressure on the Rowdies, but it was second-half substitute Junior Flemmings that broke the match in Tampa Bay’s favor in the 69th minute.

Flemmings fired a hard cross at chest height across the face of goal and Nashville defender London Woodberry headed it into his own net to put the Rowdies ahead.

Tampa Bay had to survive another nervous finish as Nashville scrapped foray possible way to get a point at home.

In the seventh minute of stoppage time, Nashville had a great chance on a Brandon Allen shot from point-blank range, but Rowdies goalkeeper Daniel Vega made the best of his four saves to preserve Tampa Bay’s lead in the final seconds of the match.

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