Montreal Impact stays alive by shutting out struggling Toronto FC

Montreal Impact stays alive by shutting out struggling Toronto FC
Impact keep playoff hopes alive after blanking TFC
MONTREAL — The Montreal Impact fought off elimination in dramatic fashion and now they have to do it all over again next week.

Montreals Ignacio Piatti scored two late goals as the Impact defeated rivals Toronto FC 2-0 on Sunday afternoon to keep their playoff hopes alive.

"There’s a special thing that we have going on and hopefully we can continue it a little bit longer," said goalkeeper Evan Bush. "I notice they didn’t put the scores on the video board at all today. I told Jukka (Raitala) on the field that I didn’t see any scores so I assumed it was bad news.

Montreal still has a chance of making the Major League Soccer post-season after the Columbus Crew lost 2-1 to Orlando City SC earlier Sunday. Orlandos Sacha Kljestan scored from the penalty spot in the sixth minute of stoppage time to sink the Crew.

"They want me to play aggressive and today I made a mistake being aggressive," said Bono, who made three saves. "I read the ball as rolling through a little further. At that point I made a decision that I was coming. It was a decision that I made and I’ll live with it and learn from it."

“Earlier this week the scenarios werent in our favour,” said Impact midfielder Samuel Piette. “Our chances werent great. Now the probability is even higher. The message is the same, we need to win our last game. But theres more hope now.

"Earlier this week the scenarios weren’t in our favour," said Impact midfielder Samuel Piette. "Our chances weren’t great. Now the probability is even higher. The message is the same, we need to win our last game. But there’s more hope now.

The Impact (14-15-4) are seventh in the Eastern Conference with 46 points, two points behind Columbus (13-11-9) with one game remaining for both teams.

Substitute Eriq Zavaleta tugged at Piatti’s shirt and pulled him down in the box. There was no immediate penalty call on the play. After video review, referee Baldomero Toledo pointed to the spot and Piatti made no mistake for his 15th goal of the year.

Remi Gardes men need to defeat the New England Revolution in the season finale next Sunday while Columbus would have to tie or lose at home to Minnesota United FC for the Impact to make the playoffs.

Montreal still has a chance of making the Major League Soccer post-season after the Columbus Crew lost 2-1 to Orlando City SC earlier Sunday. Orlando’s Sacha Kljestan scored from the penalty spot in the sixth minute of stoppage time to sink the Crew.

“Theres a special thing that we have going on and hopefully we can continue it a little bit longer,” said goalkeeper Evan Bush. “I notice they didnt put the scores on the video board at all today. I told Jukka (Raitala) on the field that I didnt see any scores so I assumed it was bad news.

"For me it’s gotten worse, in terms of being able to interpret what is what. To change a call that you’ve already made means it has to be so blatantly obvious. But it’s a grey area and nobody really questions it."

“But now Im re-energized going into next week, to lock in on a New England team at a very difficult place to play. Tricky game for us but if we approach it the same way then I think well be all right.”

"But now I’m re-energized going into next week, to lock in on a New England team at a very difficult place to play. Tricky game for us but if we approach it the same way then I think we’ll be all right."

That score meant Montreal needed a victory against Toronto (9-18-6) to remain in the two-team playoff race in the East.

Remi Garde’s men need to defeat the New England Revolution in the season finale next Sunday while Columbus would have to tie or lose at home to Minnesota United FC for the Impact to make the playoffs.

Substitute Eriq Zavaleta tugged at Piattis shirt and pulled him down in the box. There was no immediate penalty call on the play. After video review, referee Baldomero Toledo pointed to the spot and Piatti made no mistake for his 15th goal of the year.

“This gap between what is clear and obvious is becoming embarrassing in my opinion,” said Vanney. “The gap is enormous and its grey and you can live anywhere in the grey area.

“The fact that he (Piatti) is facing backwards and just falls to the ground and theres nothing in it is ridiculous.

“For me its gotten worse, in terms of being able to interpret what is what. To change a call that youve already made means it has to be so blatantly obvious. But its a grey area and nobody really questions it.”

Piatti made make it 2-0 in the 89th minute after miscommunication in the backfield between Alex Bono and defender Chris Mavinga gave Piatti a wide open net.

Piatti made make it 2-0 in the 89th minute after miscommunication in the backfield between Alex Bono and defender Chris Mavinga gave Piatti a wide open net.

Montreal’s Ignacio Piatti scored two late goals as the Impact defeated rivals Toronto FC 2-0 on Sunday afternoon to keep their playoff hopes alive.

“They want me to play aggressive and today I made a mistake being aggressive,” said Bono, who made three saves. “I read the ball as rolling through a little further. At that point I made a decision that I was coming. It was a decision that I made and Ill live with it and learn from it.”

The Impact (14-15-4) are seventh in the Eastern Conference with 46 points, two points behind Columbus (13-11-9) with one game remaining for both teams.

The 19,684 in attendance at Saputo Stadium celebrated a goal by defender Rod Fanni in the 36th minute but it was called back after a video review found forward Quincy Amarikwa was in an offside position.

Notes: Defender Daniel Lovitz sustained an ankle injury in practice this week and did not play. Raitala replaced him at left back.

Share Share FT: Montreal Impact 2-0 Toronto FC — Piatti brace sinks sloppy Reds tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports Very little to say about that game. It sucked. TFC lost. Montreals playoff hopes are still alive.

The Montreal Impact fought off elimination in dramatic fashion and now they have to do it all over again next week.

Montreal's Ignacio Piatti scored two late goals as the Impact defeated rivals Toronto FC 2-0 on Sunday afternoon to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Montreal still has a chance of making the Major League Soccer post-season after the Columbus Crew lost 2-1 to Orlando City SC earlier Sunday. Orlando's Sacha Kljestan scored from the penalty spot in the sixth minute of stoppage time to sink the Crew.

36 Montreal Impact 1-0 Toronto FC — And the Impact strike first. The ball is lofted into the box and Bono makes two good saves, but the third attempt is poked over the line, possibly by Chris Mavinga accidentally.

"Earlier this week the scenarios weren't in our favour," said Impact midfielder Samuel Piette. "Our chances weren't great. Now the probability is even higher. The message is the same, we need to win our last game. But there's more hope now.

15 — Montreal has come close a couple times now; the first long-range shot just went over the crossbar, and Alex Bono came up with a huge save on Nacho Piatti to keep his effort out of the net.

"We have to approach this last game as the biggest of our lives. It's do or die right now."

So, what are you expecting from the Reds this afternoon? A spirited performance to try and win back some dignity from their rival? Or a listless defeat with little effort from the star players?

The Impact (14-15-4) are seventh in the Eastern Conference with 46 points, two points behind Columbus (13-11-9) with one game remaining for both teams.

Remi Garde's men need to defeat the New England Revolution in the season finale next Sunday while Columbus would have to tie or lose at home to Minnesota United FC for the Impact to make the playoffs.

#IMFC thought theyd opened the scoring in the derby, but it was ruled out after a slow Video Review. Offside on Amarikwa.#MTLvTOR #TFCLive #MLS #VAR pic.twitter.com/u0UcuSfjBJ

"There's a special thing that we have going on and hopefully we can continue it a little bit longer," said goalkeeper Evan Bush. "I notice they didn't put the scores on the video board at all today. I told Jukka [Raitala] on the field that I didn't see any scores so I assumed it was bad news.

46 — Were back out, and pretty much right off the bat Alex Bono accidentally punches Ashtone Morgan in the head while clearing a high cross (successfully, mind you).

"But now I'm re-energized going into next week, to lock in on a New England team at a very difficult place to play. Tricky game for us but if we approach it the same way then I think we'll be all right."

73 — Well, TFC have given up a penalty. Play went to VAR after Eriq Zavaleta made contact with an attacker, but holy hell is that ever a soft call…

That score meant Montreal needed a victory against Toronto (9-18-6) to remain in the two-team playoff race in the East.

Voici VOTRE XI partant pour la visite du @torontofc.Here is YOUR starting XI for this afternoons IMPORTANT game.#IMFC #MTLvTOR pic.twitter.com/uro8iqBPQi

Substitute Eriq Zavaleta tugged at Piatti's shirt and pulled him down in the box. There was no immediate penalty call on the play. After video review, referee Baldomero Toledo pointed to the spot and Piatti made no mistake for his 15th goal of the year.

90 Montreal Impact 2-0 Toronto FC — Piatti scores again as both Bono and Mavinga whiff on tackles and fail to communicate. Thats a brutal goal.

"This gap between what is clear and obvious is becoming embarrassing in my opinion," said Vanney. "The gap is enormous and it's grey and you can live anywhere in the grey area.

24 — Sebastian Giovinco gets in pretty much alone on goal, but he puts an uncharacteristically poor finish right into the keepers chest.

"The fact that he [Piatti] is facing backwards and just falls to the ground and there's nothing in it is ridiculous.

"For me it's gotten worse, in terms of being able to interpret what is what. To change a call that you've already made means it has to be so blatantly obvious. But it's a grey area and nobody really questions it."

Piatti made make it 2-0 in the 89th minute after miscommunication in the backfield between Alex Bono and defender Chris Mavinga gave Piatti a wide open net.

"They want me to play aggressive and today I made a mistake being aggressive," said Bono, who made three saves. "I read the ball as rolling through a little further. At that point I made a decision that I was coming. It was a decision that I made and I'll live with it and learn from it."

CBC's Journalistic Standards and PracticesRelated Stories Boxscore: Impact 2, TFC 0 TEAM PAGE: Toronto FC TEAM PAGE: Montreal ImpactPopular NowFind more popular stories CommentsTo encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges.