Major League Soccer

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Orlando City SCORL
3
 
2
AtlantaATL
 0-1J. Martínez  1'
K. Smith  43' 1-1 
 1-2M. Moreno  66'
S. van der Water  79' 2-2 
Nani  87' 3-2 
ATLJ. Martínez  1' 0-1
ORLK. Smith  43' 1-1
ATLM. Moreno  66' 1-2
ORLS. van der Water  79' 2-2
ORLNani  87' 3-2
HT: 1-1
Exploria Stadium (Attendance: 18,910)
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Nani scores late, lifts Orlando City over Atlanta United

(AP Photo/John Raoux)

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

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