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Sunday, September 25, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Fire 3, Revolution 2

By Charlie Corr

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Here is a quick look at the Chicago Fire's 3-2 victory against the New England Revolution on Sunday at Toyota Park:

How it happened: Fire midfielder Sebastian Grazzini netted a penalty kick goal in the fifth minute for a 1-0 Chicago lead. The opportunity stemmed from Revs goalkeeper Matt Reis tripping up Fire forward Patrick Nyarko in the fourth minute. Grazzini then assisted a Dominic Oduro goal in the ninth minute for a 2-0 lead as Oduro notched his team-leading 11th tally of the season. In the 30th minute, Nyarko netted an easy goal for a 3-0 advantage as Reis made a casual attempt to clear the ball with his foot. The Revs made things interesting as Ryan Guy netted a 90th-minute goal and a stoppage-time goal to cut it to 3-2. But New England ran out of time and came up just short. Grazzini's day was cut short as he left the match in the 25th minute because of left hamstring tightness.

What it means: With the victory, the Fire improve to 6-8-15 (33 points) and the Revs fall to 5-13-12 (27 points). The Fire move to within six points of the New York Red Bulls, who currently hold the final wild card spot with 39 points following their 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers. Though New England is not mathematically eliminated from the playoff picture, the Revs' hopes for the postseason were basically erased as they sit in last place in the Eastern Conference.

Outside the box: The last time the Fire had a 3-0 halftime lead at home was on April 3, 2008, when Chicago topped the Revs, 4-0.

Up next: The Fire prepare for two road games in a four-day stretch. Chicago faces Real Salt Lake on Wednesday at Rio Tinto Stadium, followed by a 3 p.m. match against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday at Robertson Stadium.