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Recap: Pozuelo screamer leads TFC to 401 Derby win

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A wet night in Montreal gives the Reds three points.

MLS: Toronto FC at Montreal Impact Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto FC are back in the win column after they beat the Montreal Impact 2-0 at Stade Saputo on Saturday.

The first half was a cagey affair with neither side threatening much, although Alejandro Pozuelo asked plenty of questions of the Impact’s backline. It wasn’t really a 45 minutes to write home about, minus perhaps some fireworks between Michael Bradley and a few Impact players.

TFC came out harder in the second, with Tsubasa Endoh coming into the game for an injured Nick DeLeon. Just around the hour mark, Pozuelo jumped on a lovely flick-on and, with no defenders able to commit, he fired a laser beam into the net from about 25 yards.

Not long after, the teams were sent to their dressing rooms as the heavens opened up and lightning flashed in the area. It was truly coming down in sheets, leading to this hilarity:

MLS: Toronto FC at Montreal Impact Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The half-hour interval deflated TFC’s budding momentum a little, letting Montreal take the upper hand a little in the first few minutes after returning to the pitch, but ultimately the Reds and their new-look centre-back pairing held firm.

The Reds were a little lucky not to concede in stoppage time, with an Omar Browne chance in particular coming worryingly close.

However, it was Jozy Altidore who found the net at that point. Showing that he’s clearly learned something from his time as Sebastian Giovinco’s teammate, he scored a forceful free kick from around the middle of the pitch to take the air right out of the Montreal faithful.

All is now right in the world, as Toronto FC have again beaten the Montreal Impact.

Stats

Shots: MTL 17, TOR 15
Shots on target: MTL 4, TOR 7
Possession: MTL 43.6%, TOR 56.4%
Duels won: MTL 48, TOR 40

Man of the Match

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Who was Toronto FC’s man of the match tonight?

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  • 50%
    Alejandro Pozuelo
    (105 votes)
  • 18%
    Omar Gonzalez
    (39 votes)
  • 1%
    Jacob Shaffelburg
    (4 votes)
  • 28%
    Quentin Westberg
    (58 votes)
206 votes total Vote Now