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Republic FC beats Rio Grande Valley FC 2-1 with last-minute goal

FILE -- Members of the Tower Bridge Battalion react to the team’s fourth goal during the match between the Sacramento Republic FC and the Orange County SC at Papa Murphy's Park in Sacramento on Saturday, April 1, 2017.
FILE -- Members of the Tower Bridge Battalion react to the team’s fourth goal during the match between the Sacramento Republic FC and the Orange County SC at Papa Murphy's Park in Sacramento on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Sacramento Bee File

Republic FC scored the go-ahead goal in the final seconds of Saturday night’s road match against Rio Grande Valley FC to secure a 2-1 win and three points in the USL standings.

A header by Carlos Rodriguez broke a 1-1 tie in stoppage time after being subbed in at the 90th minute.

The match was scoreless until Rio Grande Valley scored in the 70th minute on a goal by Kyle Murphy.

Just two minutes later, Sacramento knotted the score with a hard strike from Villyan Bijev.

The celebration was immediate.

Even with the victory, Republic FC still finds itself No. 6 in the USL Western Conference standings, trailing Tulsa by a point with seven matches left in the regular season. The top four teams in each conference host first-round USL playoff matches.

Republic FC plays its next four matches on its home pitch at Papa Murphy’s Park, starting next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against the Los Angeles Galaxy II.

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