Giovinco's First Half Brace Gives Toronto FC Crucial Home Win
Montreal Impact (1) Toronto FC (3)
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Toronto—27, 294 fans in attendance at BMO Field were fired up for the 401-derby on Saturday night. Toronto came into this game 9-points back of the Montreal Impact, who were looking to put their rivals out of playoff contention.
It was an eventful first half, with Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco setting the tone early, scoring a beautiful goal in the 7th minute after chipping it over Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush, giving his team the early 1-0 lead. The Atomic Ant wasn’t done there as he would add another goal in the 27th minute to give his team the 2-0 lead and his 10th goal of the season. With the brace, Giovinco now has seven goals in his last five games.
Toronto looked like a completely different team than a week ago. They showcased excellent passing in the first half, spreading Montreal’s defense out to free up space and put the Impact on their heels for the majority of the first half. Even on the counter-attack, TFC applied pressure with their passing and it paid off when Jonathan Osorio chipped the goalkeeper to put his team ahead 3-0, similar to what Giovinco had done earlier.
Toronto coach Greg Vanney made a change in the 63rd minute by bringing on defender Ashton Morgan in place of midfielder Victor Vazquez in order to help protect the 2-goal lead. The team remained composed with the extra defender and didn’t get too carried away with their offense.
Toronto caught a few breaks in the first half when Montreal had two goals disallowed due to offsides. There were also a few close calls for Toronto in the second half, but the team were fortunate that Bono made big saves when needed and that the Impact players hit the posts, instead of finishing in the back of the net. Another notable play came near the end of the game when TFC defender Drew Moor, while standing on his goal-line, heading the ball away to protect the lead.
Giovinco, who was subbed off in the 73rd minute, voiced his displeasure with the field conditions saying
"We continue to put sand on the grass. The Argos play, TFC II play, everybody plays on this field, and then every game we lose a player. This is not possible. Sorry guys", before kindly ending the media scrum.
With the win, Toronto are now 6-points back of the Impact and have two games in-hand. It will be a difficult road to make the playoffs, but Toronto are still very much in the hunt and can still realistically get in.
Toronto were once again without Jozy Altidore, who was serving a suspension for a red card he received against New York City FC. He will be eligble to return to Toronto's lineup on Wednesday.
Toronto FC will be back in action this Wednesday, August 29th against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon.
-TOR Giovinco 7’
- TOR Giovinvo 27’
- TOR Osorio 29’
- MTL Silva 30’
MTL Sagna (Caution)
MTL Amarikwa in for Krolicki
MTL Vargas in for Silva
TOR Morgan in for Vazquez
TOR Chapman in for Giovinco
TOR Ricketts in for Janson
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