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Jefferson Savarino’s goal in 87th minute lifts RSL to dramatic 2-1 win over Timbers in playoff opener; Seattle’s next

Savarino buried the game-winning goal in the 87th minute, lifting RSL over the Portland Timbers 2-1 Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium. Real advances to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs to face the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday. The Sounders beat FC Dallas 4-3 in extra time earlier in the day.

Despite sub-40 weather and plenty of snow, neither team gave an inch for the first 86 minutes of regular time, each scoring a goal per half. But it was Savarino’s goal that made the difference.

Savarino received a pass from Albert Rusnák inside the box, took one touch and fired with his right foot.