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FT: Montreal Impact 2-0 Toronto FC — Piatti brace sinks sloppy Reds

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Let’s spoil the party.

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

Very little to say about that game. It sucked. TFC lost. Montreal’s playoff hopes are still alive.

Pretty much par for the course for this club’s 2018 season, frankly. There were some decent performances up front, some brutal defensive errors, and a general lack of motivation and energy.

This game was pretty much exactly what we’ve come to expect from this club this year. Just awful all around.

Also, Atlanta won. So they’ve equaled TFC’s 2017 points record. That’ll be literally the only thing TFC have to play for next week.

We’ll have Rate the Reds up a little later.


90’ Montreal Impact 2-0 Toronto FC — Piatti scores again as both Bono and Mavinga whiff on tackles and fail to communicate. That’s a brutal goal.

85’ — Tosaint Ricketts comes in for Marky Delgado.

78’ — Ryan Telfer comes into the match to replace Ashtone Morgan.

74’ Montreal Impact 1-0 Toronto FC — And Piatti scores it.

73’ — Well, TFC have given up a penalty. Play went to VAR after Eriq Zavaleta made contact with an attacker, but holy hell is that ever a soft call...

46’ — We’re back out, and pretty much right off the bat Alex Bono accidentally punches Ashtone Morgan in the head while clearing a high cross (successfully, mind you).

HT — The teams will go into the dressing room tied at 0 after half.

44’ — Seba puts one in the net, but TFC are burned by an offside of their own as Lucas Janson got behind the defenders too early.

38’ — Ayoooo. The goal is called offside. We’re back at zeroes.

37’ — Not so fast. This one is going to VAR. Also, Bacary Sagna gets a yellow card for talking to the referee during his review.

36’ Montreal Impact 1-0 Toronto FC — And the Impact strike first. The ball is lofted into the box and Bono makes two good saves, but the third attempt is poked over the line, possibly by Chris Mavinga accidentally.

24’ — Sebastian Giovinco gets in pretty much alone on goal, but he puts an uncharacteristically poor finish right into the keeper’s chest.

15’ — Montreal has come close a couple times now; the first long-range shot just went over the crossbar, and Alex Bono came up with a huge save on Nacho Piatti to keep his effort out of the net.

1’ — We are off in Montreal!


Lineups

Toronto FC:

Montreal Impact:


Toronto FC may be out of the playoff race, but there’s still a reason to care in both of their final two regular season games. This afternoon, they take on bitter rivals the Montreal Impact in hopes of crushing their playoff chances. Then next week, the Reds will play Atlanta United, with their 2017 MLS points record on the line.

Last time TFC made the trip up to Quebec, it was for a lacklustre 1-0 loss on St. Patrick’s Day at the Olympic Stadium. In between that second game of the year and this second-to-last one was a 3-1 TFC victory at home back in August.

Regardless of circumstances, things are generally pretty heated when these two clubs meet. Star players tend to show up for both teams. Sebastian Giovinco has a career seven goals against Montreal, and Ignacio Piatti has eight against Toronto.

So, what are you expecting from the Reds this afternoon? A spirited performance to try and win back some dignity from their rival? Or a listless defeat with little effort from the star players?

Team news: injuries & suspensions

Toronto FC: Victor Vazquez is, of course, out for the season. It also seems unlikely that Jozy Altidore or Chris Mavinga will play, and indeed both players could certainly be shut down like Vazquez in order to address lingering issues.

Montreal Impact: Midfielder David Choiniere and defenders Kyle Fisher and Victor Cabrera are all expected to sit out this one.

How to watch

Match date/time: Sunday, October 21, 3 p.m. ET
TV channel: TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5, TVA Sports
Live stream: TSN GO, ESPN+
Radio: TSN 1050 (Toronto), TSN 690 (Montreal)