Usually, when Marco Di Vaio scores, the Montreal Impact add another notch to its Win column. On a chilly cloudy afternoon, the Columbus Crew dampened the enthusiasm of 20,000+ fans at Stade Saputo with a 2-1 win over Les Bleus.
After a strong start to the first half, the Crew conceded the first goal at the 15th minute. The most unlikely candidate to score off a header, Marco Di Vaio scores his 18th goal with a smart assist by Matteo Ferrari. The Italian defender played the ball back towards goal, off a Patrice Bernier cross. Di Vaio was unmarked and tap the ball in with his head.
The rest of the first half was to the advantage of Montreal. With many chances, runs, overlaps and blocked shots, the Impact were not very far to score a second goal during the first half.
But after the break, a motivated and disciplined Crew team was ready to take advantage of a Montreal that was unable to be efficient.
The Crew equalized in the 66th minute thanks to its Designated Player Federico Higuain. The Argentinean curled a free-kick that found Chad Marshall in the box. The central defender overpowers everyone in the box, jumps for the ball and beats Troy Perkins.
Less than 15 minutes later, Federico Higuain brings our his creative shoes and feeds the ball to Dominic Oduro. Running down the left flank, Higuain spots the Ghanean forward with a gorgeous pass. Oduro finds himself alone and unmarked. He gets enough on the ball to redirect it past Perkins, who has made a few saves to keep his club in the game.
The Montreal Impact do not have a lot of time to mull over the loss. A mid-week again, on Tuesday, takes them to California to face the San Jose Earthquakes in the CONCACAF Champions League game.