Damir Kreilach scored two goals and Real Salt Lake beat expansion club Los Angeles FC 3-2 on Thursday night for RSL’s first playoff victory since 2013.

RSL entered with just three road wins this season, and LAFC had only lost once at home.

Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, right, punches the ball out of danger during the first half of the team's MLS soccer playoff match against Los Angeles FC on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, right, punches the ball out of danger during the first half of the team’s MLS soccer playoff match against Los Angeles FC on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Kreilach opened the scoring in the 21st minute by settling Brooks Lennon’s cross with his chest and one-touching it home. Kreilach tied it at 2 in the 58th after a poor clearance fell to his feet and he volleyed it inside the post.

Los Angeles FC's Danilo Silva, right, celebrates after scoring against Real Salt Lake during the first half of an MLS soccer playoff match Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Los Angeles FC’s Danilo Silva, right, celebrates after scoring against Real Salt Lake during the first half of an MLS soccer playoff match Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

RSL went ahead in the 69th on LAFC’s own goal as Jefferson Savarino’s shot redirected off Walker Zimmerman’s head into the back of the net.

Los Angeles FC's Carlos Vela, left, is defended by Real Salt Lake's Aaron Herrera during the first half of an MLS soccer playoff match Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Los Angeles FC’s Carlos Vela, left, is defended by Real Salt Lake’s Aaron Herrera during the first half of an MLS soccer playoff match Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Danilo Silva tied it at 1 for LAFC in the 31st, heading in Carlos Vela’s free kick. Second-half substitute Christian Ramirez gave LAFC a 2-1 lead in the 55th after getting past the defense for Lee Nguyen’s through ball and sending it over Nick Rimando.

Los Angeles FC's Danilo Silva, right, heads the ball next to Real Salt Lake's Damir Kreilach (6) during the first half of an MLS soccer playoff match Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Los Angeles FC’s Danilo Silva, right, heads the ball next to Real Salt Lake’s Damir Kreilach (6) during the first half of an MLS soccer playoff match Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

All three of Ramirez’s goals with LAFC this season, after being traded from Minnesota, came against RSL.

Real Salt Lake's Nedum Onuoha, right, clears the ball as Los Angeles FC's Latif Blessing closes in during the first half of an MLS soccer playoff match Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Real Salt Lake’s Nedum Onuoha, right, clears the ball as Los Angeles FC’s Latif Blessing closes in during the first half of an MLS soccer playoff match Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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A Los Angeles FC Fan waves a flag during the first half of the team's MLS soccer playoff match against Real Salt Lake on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
A Los Angeles FC Fan waves a flag during the first half of the team’s MLS soccer playoff match against Real Salt Lake on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Source: The Associated Press

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