AUSTIN, Texas - Sebastian Driussi tied the score with his 21st goal to offset Hany Mukhtar’s league-leading 23rd, and Austin clinched home-field advantage in the first round of Major League Soccer’s playoffs with a 1-1 draw against Nashville on Saturday night.
Mukhtar scored on a penalty kick in the 56th minute for Nashville (12-9-11), which extended its unbeaten streak to six. The goal, his third against Austin this season, was his 50th overall for Nashville.
The penalty was awarded by referee Lukasz Szpala when Mukhtar ran onto a 70-yard through-pass from Jacob Shaffelburg, dribbled into the penalty area and was pulled down by Jon Gallagher.
Driussi scored in the 61st minute for Austin (16-9-7). Diego Fagundez’s corner kick was headed by Moussa Djitte to Driussi at the far post. Driussi took a touch and lifted the ball over goalkeeper Joe Willis and into the roof of the goal.
AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 17: Austin FC Defender Johan Romaña (3) and Nashville SC Midfielder Randall Leal (8) both chase down the ball in the Austin FC goal area during the MLS match between Austin FC and Nashville SC on September 17, 2022 at Q2 Stadiu ((Photo by Martin Leitch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images))
Nashville outshot Austin 14-9, with one shot on goal to three for Austin.
Willis made one save for Nashville.
Austin visits the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, while Nashville will host the Houston Dynamo on Sunday.
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