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Atlanta United scores late goals to beat DC United 2-0

Gonzalo Martínez had a goal and an assist in the closing minutes to help Atlanta United beat D.C. United 2-0 on Sunday.

Brad Guzan had three saves for his MLS-leading 10th shutout this season.

Atlanta (11-8-3) controlled the action throughout — finishing with 71.4% possession and outshooting D.C. United 18-7 — and finally broke through as time waned. Darlington Nagbe lofted a cross that Martínez headed home from point-blank range to open the scoring in the 89th minute. Josef Martínez slipped behind the defense, ran onto a long ball from Gonzalo Martínez flipped it over the head of charging goalkeeper Bill Hamid and into the net in the second minute of stoppage time.

Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez, right, and D.C. United defender Donovan Pines, left, battle for the ball in front of the D.C. United goal during the first half in a soccer match on Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Atlanta. (Curtis ComptonAtlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

D.C. (9-6-8), which has just one win its last five games, fell into third in the Eastern Conference standings, one point behind Atlanta (36) and four back of Philadelphia.

Josef Martínez chipped a penalty kick over the crossbar in the 72nd minute. It was just the second times in 17 tries in MLS that he failed to convert from the spot.