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Impact gets crucial 2-1 home win vs the Columbus Crew in MLS Playoffs Semifinal

A clutch goal by Johan Venegas gives the Impact a crucial win for the 1st leg at home against the Crew.

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On just three days rest, the Montreal Impact was able to get an important win over the Columbus Crew, after trailing early in the first half. Though not being able to keep a clean sheet, oh so important in home and away series, the Impact defence stayed sharp throughout the game to keep the score even until Johan Venegas' game winning goal.

17,655 fans at Stade Saputo did not witness the same type of fireworks displayed during the 3-0 victory over Toronto FC but Patrice Bernier scored a huge goal when he tied the game 1-1. He headed a corner kick, just a few minutes after Federico Higuain's opening goal.

For most of the game, Kei Kamara was shut down by the Impact but the danger came from the wings whether it was from Justin Meram or the full backs. Overall, the Crew could have gotten more but the momentum shifted towards the home team during the second half that eventually got them the game winning goal after a blunder from US International, Michael Parkhurst.

Looking at the aggregate score, a 2-1 loss is not dramatic for the visitors and the 2-1 win is not a disappointment for the home team.

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