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Toronto FC 3-5 Montreal Impact: Burn the evidence

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MLS: Montreal Impact at Toronto FC John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Well, that was a disaster.

Toronto FC suffered comfortably their worst defeat of the season on Wednesday night, falling to a 5-3 loss at the hands of the Montreal Impact.

Missing Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore and unused substitute Victor Vazquez, almost nothing went right for TFC - a late flurry that made the scoreline less of an embarrassment aside - against a Montreal side fighting to keep its playoff hopes alive.

Ignacio Piatti - kind of - gave the Impact the lead by charging down an Alex Bono clearance after Eriq Zavaleta had got the ball stuck in his feet in his own area.

Zavaleta was then at fault again when he coughed up the ball in the presence of Piatti and Marco Donadel fired a rocket beyond Bono from distance.

Only 78 minutes to go.

It quickly got worse. Toronto poured too many men forward in search of a way back into the game and the Impact’s counter-attacking machine clicked into gear, with Piatti capitalizing on Zavaleta’s slip to fire in a third.

Perhaps Toronto’s only stroke of luck on the night came when Jonathan Osorio shook off Samuel Piette down the right and saw his cross deflect beyond Evan Bush.

Any hope of a second-half comeback, though, was all but extinguished when Steven Beitashour’s atrocious pass was picked off by Anthony Jackson-Hamel, who finished coolly to make it 4-1.

Jackson-Hamel made it five at the end of - you guessed it - another quick break upfield and at that point, the only question appeared to be exactly how humiliating this would be for the home side.

Briefly, though, Toronto threatened to make this another derby for the ages. Tosaint Ricketts netted his sixth of the season by rising to meet Raheem Edwards’ cross.

When Ricketts netted again from Cooper’s cross, Montreal might have just reached behind themselves for the ropes.

But though Ricketts would have a glorious chance at a bizarre hat-trick before the full-time whistle, Toronto could not dig themselves out of this hole.