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Didier Drogba scores hat-trick in the Impact's 4-3 comeback win against the Chicago Fire

Didier Drogba scored a hat-trick on his first Major League Soccer start as a Montreal Impact to beat the Chicago Fire 4-3.

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Ironically enough, Didier Drogba makes his MLS debut as a starter for the Montreal Impact against the team that initially held his MLS rights before being convinced by Joey Saputo to come to La Belle Province. The club's bet seemed to have payed off quickly in the midst of internal changes and Mauro Biello's first game as the interim head coach, taking over Frank Klopas let go the a week ago.

Different coach same season: 

It's a new start with a new coach, but it's the same season. We were missing some players tonight, but guys stepped up and showed they could contribute to the team. We showed some good things in coming back to win this game.-  Didier Drogba

Four goals were scored in the first half, not necessarily indicative of the quality of play displayed on the field. But Drogba gives his new club the lead at the 28th minute rekindling with the EPL when he receives a cross from make-shift right back, Nigel Reo-Coker.  From the moment he received the ball, it was already too late for the Fire defender to do anything about it: size, speed and killer instinct took care of the rest.

Ten minutes later, Maxim Tissot commits an unnecessary foul in the box to gift  the Fire a penalty kick that Jeff Larentowicz converts with ease. At the 42nd minute, Wandrille Lefevre gives back the lead off a corner kick and heads the ball in.

The crowd has barely enough time to celebrate that Gilberto ties the game just before the half-time whistle : 2-2. That goal seemed to give momentum to the visitors when they took the lead thanks to a Igboananike header from a Harry Shipp corner kick.

Montreal had 30 minutes to tie the game and eventually take the lead as getting the maximum 3 points at home was as necessary as breathing for the Bleu-Blanc-Noir.

This is when Drogba took over scoring both goals combining well with his new teammates. Off quickly played free kick with Ignacio Piatti, Drogba releases a cannon of a shot to beat Sean Johnson. The Chicago goalkeeper made a big save off a Drogba shot inside the box only to see the ex-Chelsea striker pounce on the rebound with all of the desperation of a a player that wanted to give the win to his new team, at his new home.

Post-Game Interview: 

The Hat-Trick: