Making an Impact: Montreal bests Toronto FC to stay flawless
Montreal, QC, Canada (4E Sports) – Patrice Bernier and Marco Di Vaio scored a goal each and the Montreal Impact fended off a late rally from the Toronto FC to take a 2-1 win Saturday at Olympic Stadium.
The Impact sustained their unbeaten run for their third consecutive game at their expense of their rival before a 37,896 fans at Olympic Stadium.
Montreal drew first blood with a goal by Bernier in the 34th minute while Di Vaio doubled its lead after netting a goal off a nice long ball from Davy Arnaud in the stoppage time of the first half.
Down a 0-2 at the break, Toronto took their play to another level as they began to push hard on their attack. Finally in the 67th minute, Toronto got their reward after Dennis Lapichino was called for an off-the-ball foul inside the box.
Forward Robert Earnshaw calmly slotted a penalty kick into the net for the second straight week and most of all made things interesting down the stretch.
Toronto fired most of its nine shots (7 on goals) in the second half but Troy Perkins and the Impact defense stood firm up to the last second.
Montreal lorded on top of the Eastern Conference standings with a 3-0-0 (9 pts) record while Toronto (1-2-0, 3 pts) suffered its second loss in three games.