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Toronto FC Vs Montreal Impact, arguably the biggest rivalry in the MLS, always produces an exciting game. However, for the first time in the rivalry’s history, the game is being played with no fans in the stadium. Fortunately for those watching, it was still an amazing match. Toronto was able to withhold a late push from Montreal to secure the 4-3 victory. Let’s get to the minutes that mattered.

8′ Richie Laryea opens the scoring for Toronto FC with a class run and great finish

Toronto wastes no time getting on the board as Richie Laryea makes a gorgeous run and puts away the nice finish to give Toronto the early lead. Pozuelo notches the assist, which gives him 3 assists for the tournament. He has assisted on every TFC goal of the tournament so far and it was a trend that would continue as the night went on.

37′ Montreal levels the scoring off a penalty kick

Down 2-1 with less than 10 minutes till halftime, Mavinga makes a careless tackle which leads to a PK. Saphir Taider steps up and makes no mistake as he buries the shot right past Westberg. Leveling the game back at 2-2, it seemed as though Montreal would have the momentum heading into halftime. However, Akinola had something different in mind.

37′ Akinola bags another brace as he gives Toronto FC the 3-2 lead heading into halftime

Akinola grabs his second of the night, less than a minute after Montreal ties it up. He would go on to get a hattrick, but this goal really showed his class. It was almost Altidore-esque in the way he ran down Pozuelo’s pass and used his strength to stay on the ball and put it past the Impact keeper. Not to mention this lead to Pozuelo’s third (yes you read that right) assist of the night and fifth of the tournament.

Other Notes

Pablo Piatti was very impressive in his time on the pitch. He made some beautiful passes and almost put one past Diop with a beautiful left-footed strike. Piatti is looking like the player Ali Curtis told us he was when he brought him to Toronto in the offseason. Not much defense being played in a game with 7 total goals, and in the final minutes, I am sure all of the TFC fans were scared that history would repeat itself. Some solid last-minute defending helped propel Toronto FC to take a crucial 3 points and move into first place in Group C.

Goals

Toronto FC: Laryea 8′, Akinola 25′, 37′, 83′.

Montreal Impact: Quioto 14′, Taider 37′, 90′.

Man of the match

This award could have easily been Alejandro Pozuelos as he had 3 assists to bring his total to 5 for the tournament. However, this award has to go to Ayo Akinola. He has really stepped up with the absence of Altidore and is the golden boot leader with 5 goals. His strength and speed combination is giving opposing defenses nightmares. Who would of thought that before the tournament began that Akinola would be the golden boot leader? Now, he has 5 goals and 2 man of the match awards. I definitely see more in his future.

Next up

Next up for Toronto FC is the final group stage game against the New England Revolution while Montreal closes off the group stage against DC United. Both games take place on Tuesday, July 21st.