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Toronto FC 4-0 New York City FC: Sebastian Giovinco comes up big again

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Not for the first time this season, the Italian stepped up to the plate when it mattered most.

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Sebastian Giovinco is proving to be Toronto FC’s man for the big occasion. The Italian scored twice, passed up his chance at a hat-trick by handing over a penalty kick to Jozy Altidore and then assisted Raheem Edwards as the Reds put four past New York City FC.

With the two sides mostly cancelling each other out through half an hour at BMO Field, Giovinco broke the deadlock by stepping past Andrea Pirlo to curl a sweet left-footed shot into the top corner.

The Atomic Ant would get his second in the 67th minute, guiding a free-kick beyond Sean Johnson for his 50th goal in the MLS regular season.

Altidore was then awarded a generous penalty after going down under the challenge of Alexander Callens in the box. After initially grabbing the ball himself, Giovinco had a change of heart and handed it over to his strike partner to make the game safe.

Giovinco had one last flourish left in his locker, though. Twisting and turning around the edge of the box, he chipped a beautiful pass over the defence for Edwards to latch on to and volley home.

The Reds nearly lost their clean sheet in the dying moments, but Maxi Moralez sent his penalty flying over the crossbar after Marky Delgado had handled in the box.

Toronto are back on the road next, taking on D.C. United at RFK Stadium on Saturday.