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Fire, Revolution battle to a 1-1 draw

Jonathan Bornstein headed home a cross from Djordje Mihailovic in the 70th minute for the Fire

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New England Revolution midfielder Wilfried Zahibo (23) tries to block a crossing attempt by Chicago Fire forward Robert Beric (27) during the first half at Gillette Stadium.
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Jonathan Bornstein headed home a cross from Djordje Mihailovic in the 70th minute to help the Fire salvage a 1-1 tie with the New England Revolution on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

Gaston Gimenez, near midfield, lofted a long ball to Mihailovic in the left corner. Mihailovic then played a high cross to Bornstein at the near post for the finish.

‘‘When I saw [Mihailovic] starting to cross it with his right foot, I just made a run for the front post,’’ Bornstein said. ‘‘I knew it was coming to my head and in the moment, [I was] just trying to get it on goal, get it in the goal, and that’s what happened.’’

Adam Buksa gave the Revolution (0-1-1) a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute with a shot 16 yards out from the left side of the box, assisted by Brandon Bye.

Goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm had two saves for the Fire. Brad Knighton made five for the Revolution, including one on a Fabian herbers shot in the 31st minute and one against Przemyslaw Frankowski in the 74th minute.

‘‘That’s the basic thing we ask for from the players, is that they all work and fight together,’’ coach Raphael Wicky said. ‘‘I think they showed that. We have to keep working. A lot of positives again. We had a lot of chances.’’

Gimenez, a 28-year-old designated player from Argentina, made his debut for the Fire (0-1-1) when he came on for Brandt Bronico in the 63rd minute. Defender Miguel Angel Navarro also made his MLS debut for the Fire, who increased their record to 27-22-14 all-time against the Revolution.

‘‘To get a point, the first point of the season, I think it will really lift up the team.’’ Bornstein said. ‘‘For me, it’s always about doing what’s best for my team. This group is really coming together.’’

The Fire visit Orlando City SC on Saturday before their home opener against Atlanta United FC on March 21 at Soldier Field.