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Piatti's brace gives Impact a 4-1 win over the Timbers

Diego Chara's red card was the turning point of the game

MLS: Portland Timbers at Montreal Impact Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone was happy after a big and decisive 4-1 win for the Montreal Impact over the Portland Timbers. A Piatti brace and goals from Kyle Fisher and Ambroise Oyongo were too much for Diego Valeri's lone goal for the Timbers.

Everything clicked for Mauro Biello's team as Dzemaili was fouled in the box as Jair Marrufo did not hesitate to point to the spot. Piatti convers the penalty kick.

Kyle Fisher followed with a powerful precise header off a corner kick for a 2-0 lead. That lead would only last minutes as Valeri scores with his own header.

One man down after Chara was redcarded for elbowing Piatti, the Timbers felt good about themselves going into the half.

Piatti made sure to put the game away early in the second half with a gorgeous shot by the Argentinean maestro.

Oyongo adds the Impact's 4th goal after a nice pass from young prodigy Ballou.

3 observations

  • Midfield trio : The experience and quality of Donadel, Bernier and Dzemaili was quite formidable and reassuring for the rest of the season.
  • Piatti MVP : Give him the crown already.
  • Ballou is the real thing as the winger is just getting better and better every game. If he is not scoring, he is creating scoring chances for his team

LINEUPS

MTL – GK-Evan Bush; D-Chris Duvall (Hassoun Camara 84’), Laurent Ciman, Kyle Fisher, Ambroise Oyongo; M-Ballou Tabla, Marco Donadel (Hernan Bernardello 72’), Patrice Bernier, Blerim Dzemaili, Nacho Piatti (Daniel Lovitz 78’); F-Anthony Jackson-Hamel

Subs not used – GK-Maxime Crépeau; M-Adrian Arregui, David Choinière; F-Dominic Oduro

POR – GK-Jake Gleeson; D-Vytas Andriuskevicius, Liam Ridgewell, Roy Miller, Alvas Powell (Zarek Valentin 53’); M-Darlington Nagbe (Lawrence Olum 78’), Diego Valeri (Darren Mattocks 81’), Sebastian Blanco, David Guzmán, Diego Chara; F-Fanendo Adi

Subs not used – GK-Kendall McIntosh; D-Amobi Okugo; M-Dairon Asprilla, Jack Barmby

GOALS

MTL – Piatti (PK) 13’

MTL – Fisher (Dzemaili) 43’

POR – Valeri (Powell) 45’+1’

MTL – Piatti (Jackson-Hamel) 50’

MTL – Oyongo (Tabla) 77’

CAUTIONS

MTL – Ciman 22’

POR – Guzmán 27’

MTL – Donadel 51’

MTL – Tabla 66’

POR – Miller 71’

EJECTION

POR – Chara 18’