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Photo Essay: Toronto FC's Historic First-Ever Playoff Victory

Photos by: Luke Galati @LukeGalati on Twitter/Instagram

Toronto FC just made history. The Reds won their first-ever playoff game at home in front of over 20,000 fans at BMO Field in a game for the ages.

Waking the Red photographer, Luke Galati, marched with fans and general manager, Tim Bezbatchenko, from Liberty Village down to the GO Transit station and finally into BMO Field, where TFC squared off in a winner-take-all match against the Philadelphia Union.

Sebastian Giovinco started the game off hot, scoring in the 15th minute from a chance created by Jozy Altidore. Giovinco made history, scoring Toronto FC's first ever MLS playoff goal.

In the second half, TFC continued to press as Canadian, Jonathan Osorio, scored off of a loose ball on the left side of the keepers' crease, booting the ball past Philadelphia keeper, Andre Blake.

The Union scored in the 73rd minute, raising doubts about whether the Reds could hold onto control of the match, giving them their first playoff win.

Then, Jozy Altidore happened. In the 85 minute, off of a rebound while falling backwards, Altidore put the nail in the coffin, giving Toronto FC the 3-1 victory. Altidore proceeded to run into the crowd and celebrate with the supporter's group, Inebriatti, which would prove to be the difference on this occasion.

After the match, the TFC players, led by captain Michael Bradley, came to the supports section on the south end of the stadium and beat the drum of the fans loud and proud with their most loyal supporters.

Toronto FC will be playing next on Sunday at BMO Field against New York City FC in the opening game of the two-match, total goals series.

Here are the best 100 photos from the match by Waking the Red photographer, Luke Galati.