After a mad game, full of emotions and physicality, the Montreal Impact get the short end of stick and get eliminated by arch-rivals Toronto FC. The Canadian representative in the 2016 MLS Cup final will hail from Ontario and not Quebec.
The game started well for the visitors, scoring the first goal of the game thanks to a great piece of play between Mancosu and Oduro. The speedy winger gets the ball into the box and beats Irwin.
But Toronto FC has proven in Montreal that it’s a mentally strong unit with a few good leaders. The Reds score two unanswered from set-pieces from Cooper and Altidore before the halftime whistle.
As the momentum seem to go TFC”s way, it was Montreal that strikes first blood during the second half via Ignacio Piatti who ties it 2-2. As the pressure mounts at BMO field, the TFC leaders took over and lead the way to avoid elimination to the hand of the Impact.
Yet another goal off a set-piece courtesy of Hagglund who scores off a powerful header, beating Evan Bush. At 3-2 , both teams would be equal on aggregate score with a massive 5-5 total score.
As extra-time started, destiny seemed to smile Montreal”s way when Greg Vanney lost his best player in Giovinco, at least the most talented one, especially that Atomic Ant was not having his best of games. But destiny seems to also be an ironic being as that event would favor the home team.
Benoit Cheyrou would score right away, Giovinco’s replacement, a goal that shifted the balance of the game. At 4-2 in the return leg, the momentum was on the side of Toronto and it did not take long to confirm that.
A few minutes later, Ricketts would score the 5th goal of the game TFC and puts the final nail on the coffin.
Montreal is eliminated, Toronto goes on to take on the Seattle Sounders on December 10th.