CF Montreal made up for a poor start to the match to sign a 4-3 victory against Toronto FC and consolidate its place in 2nd position in the East. Montreal now has 52 points in the standings, a team record in a season.
CF Montreal certainly did not have the expected start to the game on the lawn of Toronto FC. A fault by Samuel Piette in the 2nd minute of play allowed the TFC to inherit a penalty after the review. Italian Federico Bernardeschi jumped at the chance to hit the target and open the scoring moments later.
The CFM had obviously poorly studied the two new Toronto acquisitions. After Bernardeschi’s net, his Italian colleague Lorenzo Insigne put his shoulder to the wheel in the 7th minute of play with a goal on the fly to double the Toronto lead.
Wilfried Nancy’s men rolled up their sleeves and hit the target twice in three minutes mid-half to tie the game at 2-2. First in the 19th minute of play, Kamal Miller put the exclamation point to a dangerous Montreal attack by pushing the ball into the back of the net on his own return.
Then in the 21st minute, Djordje Mihailovic let go of a powerful shot which was touched with the fingertips by goalkeeper Alex Bono, before ending up in the back of the net.
Kei Kamara thought he had given CFM the lead in the 34th minute, but an offside was called and the tie remained.
However, it was only a postponement for Kamara. He scored by slipping the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Bono with a shot from close range to put CFM in control for the first time in the game.
With the wind in their sails, CF Montreal continued their work in the 2nd half. Romell Quioto first handed the ball over to Kei Kamara, who then headed the ball over to Alistair Johnston. The latter headed the ball into the back of the net to double Montreal’s lead.
In stoppage time, Insigne returned for Toronto and put the ball over the head of James Pantemis to close the lead at 4-3.