Led twice in the game, the Montreal Impact takes 3 points against Real Salt Lake


The Montreal Impact never had the lead all game long only to come back from behind twice and beat a strong Real Salt Lake. Goals from Felipe Martins, Marco Di Vaio and Matteo Ferrari gave the Impact an important win.

Matteo Ferrari wore the ugly mask of the villain early in the game after scoring an own goal for Real Salt Lake's first goal. The visitors took the lead twice in the game only to lose on a score of 3-2 with the winning goal coming from Matteo Ferrari.

Not only does the Montreal Impact keep its unbeaten home streak alive but jump up the standings with 20 points with (temporarily) the 4th spot in the Eastern Conference.

It was not the best way to start the game as the Montreal Impact quickly conceded a goal in the 7th minute. The ex- Portland Timbers ,Lovel Palmer, took a long distance shot to see it deflected by Matteo Ferrari. With the magic of geometry and physics, the deflection lobs Troy Perkins who was wrong footed on the play.

It was a difficult first half for the Montreal Impact , especially the defense that was literally assaulted by the physical and fast Real Salt Lake forwards. Devon Sandoval and Olmes Garcia took advantage of a tired Impact defense that barely had any rest and also ridden by injuries. Constant runs by the quick and physical Garcia put a strain on Matteo Ferrari who has only been playing his second game since recovering from a calf injury.

Although, the Salt Lake midfield has some command and domination over Montreal, it was a goal from Les Bleus that came next from underachiever but ever progressing Felipe Martins. Jeb Brovsky finds Justin Mapp on the right with a through pass that the left-footed midfielder finds near the goal line. Calmly and precisely, he unleashes a low cross that cuts through RSL box to eventually find a streaking Felipe at the far post : 1-1 at 38th minute.

Psychologically, the importance of tying the goal before heading to the locker room was felt.

The second half was not as dominated by Real Salt Lake but Javier Morales, Kyle Beckerman and Ned Grabavoy send a few reminders of their dominance potential. With both team trading chances and the Impact finding more space between the RSL lines, the visitors score on a scramble after a set-piece. At the 77th minute, after the ball bounces around the box , Kyle Beckerman fires a low strong shot that beats Troy Perkins.

Silent ensues at Stade Saputo and a fear that the game could be lost late in the second half.

With barely enough time to settle in, Marco Di Vaio reminded everyone is his striker status and displays, for yet another time, his international finishing class. Maxime Tissot finds Andrew Wenger ,who while fending off a RSL defender, deflects a through ball the ball towards a streaking Di Vaio. The Italian DP beats Nick Rimando on the near post and ties it up.

The Montreal Impact reward the fans that braved the weather that was initially announced to be rainy. Seeking redemption, Matteo Ferrari frees his conscience, mind and body when he gives the lead and the win for his club. Off a Blake Smith corner kick, late in injury time, Ferrari blasts a shot from close range to seal the deal.

The celebration that ensues was of pure joy and happiness with a true deliverance for the Italian defender and the whole team.

In a typical work day for Troy Perkins, the Ohio-native had a few key saves that frustrated Garcia , Morales and Grabavoy in the first and second half. But the biggest save came against ex- Toronto FC offensive threat Joao Plata who had a clear chance against Perkins. Super Troy challenges Plata early and high in the box to make the big save and keep the game tied.

The team showed character and resilience , something that Marco Schällibaum has insisted on to have. He previously complimented his players for showing character after the games against the San Jose Earthquakes and the New York Red Bulls.

It's important to note that Real Salt Lake could have taken all 3 points without there being any scandals but the resilience of the 2013 Montreal Impact seems to be the club's story as it has already accumulated 20 points in Major League Soccer.

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