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Toronto FC Eliminated from Playoffs after Lopsided Loss to Impact

Montreal scored early and often and Toronto hearts broke in their first ever playoff game.

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

History has never been kind to Toronto FC, so it is no surprise that their first ever playoff game ended in a lopsided defeat. Fresh off beating TFC in the season finale, the Impact took things one step further by beating Toronto 3-0 in the playoffs.

Three goals from Patrice Bernier, Ignacio Piatti and Didier Drogba gave the Impact an insurmountable lead before halftime, and the team never looked back, or Toronto FC never looked forward depending upon who you ask.

The loss eliminates Toronto FC from the playoffs and means a once bright season ends in shambles. The club rarely had any chances down the stretch as Montreal easily saw out their massive victory.

Captain Bernier opened the scoring for the Montreal Impact. With Montreal exposing Toronto with a 3 attackers on 2 defender scenario, Ignacio Piatti slid the ball through to Bernier who slid it calmly under Chris Konopka to make it 1-0 Montreal.

The slope got even slipperier for Toronto FC later in the half, or at least it did for defender Josh Williams. The Toronto centreback slipped, opening the door for Ignacio Piatti who drifted in and doubled the lead for the Impact.

Things only got worse from there as more shambolic defending from Toronto FC led to a scramble in Toronto's box with the ball falling to Bernier. While there were several Toronto defenders in the box, none of them picked up Didier Drogba at the back post who easily made it 3-0.

That was the margin at halftime, as Toronto FC returned to their dressing room with their tails between their legs, needing a miracle to get themselves back into their first playoff game.

Which Toronto FC controlled the ball for most of the second half, they didn't have any exit plan for the massive hole they had dug themselves into. Montreal stayed behind the ball and made sure their seemingly insurmountable lead staying that way until the final whistle.

Montreal will advance to play the Columbus Crew in the home-and-away Conference semi-finals, while Toronto FC will have a long offseason to go back to the drawing board they have erased so many times before.