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Giovinco Brace Lifts Toronto FC Over Montreal Impact in 401 Derby

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Toronto FC will head happily down the 401 today, having claimed three points from their rival Montreal Impact.

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto FC has drawn first blood in the 2016 401 derby. The visiting side was dominant in a 2-0 victory over the Montreal Impact. The win was their third of the season, taking down the top team in the Eastern Conference.

Sebastian Giovinco had both goals in the match, his fifth and sixth of the season. His first would come from a penalty while the second was a great finish to put the game to bed. Clint Irwin added his third clean sheet of the season.

The two teams would trade chances to start the match. Didier Drogba came close to opening the scoring from a header midway through the half, but would fail to direct the ball towards goal. Jonathan Osorio meanwhile, would fail to beat Evan Bush from a top of the box shot.

Toronto FC would be the first side to make their chance count, however. Jozy Altidore was brought down in the box by a tackle from Victor Cabrera. Sebastian Giovinco would make no mistake from the penalty spot, converting his fifth goal of the season.

Toronto would have several chances to increase their lead as the half wore on. Osorio would have a shot blocked on the edge of the box, before narrowly missing a cross box ball. He would then find Giovinco in the box, but the Italian was well covered by the Impact defense. 

As a result, Toronto's lead would only be 1-0 when the two sides reached half time. It could have been more, but the chances created and offensive execution that the club showed was certainly promising.

Down a goal, the Montreal Impact would adjust their strategy in the second half. They would bring their wingbacks higher, allowing them to take advantage of Toronto FC's narrow shape. This would give Montreal a couple of chances in front of goal. There would be shouts for a penalty as well when Drogba was brought down in the area, but it would not be given.

With Montreal pressing, Toronto FC would put the game beyond reach. Osorio would start a play that would ultimately see Giovinco behind the Impact defence. The Italian would make no mistake, clinically finishing his sixth goal of the season to give Toronto FC a 2-0 lead.

Toronto FC has just one game remaining in their season-opening road trip, a visit to the defending MLS Cup champion Portland Timbers next week. They now have 11 points from their first seven matches.