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Stayin’ alive: Montreal Impact beat Toronto FC, 2-0, to remain in playoff race

Oct 21, 2018; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Impact midfielder Saphir Taider (8) takes the ball away from Toronto FC midfielder Jay Chapman (14) during the first half at Stade Saputo. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal impact kept their 2018 MLS Cup playoff hopes alive with a 2-0 win over rival Toronto FC at Stade Saputo Sunday afternoon.

In their home finale, the Impact moved within two points of the playoff line in the East, currently occupied by the Columbus Crew, who were leapfrogged by D.C. United after a 3-1 win over New York City FC, combined with the Crew’s 2-1 loss at Orlando City SC.

Montreal heads to Gillette Stadium to meet the New England Revolution, while the Crew are home for Minnesota United FC on Decision Day.

Ignacio Piatti struck for a second-half brace for Montreal (14-15-4) which finished 11-4-2 at home in 2018.

The Impact thought they had the lead in the first half on an own goal by Chris Mavinga in the 35th minute, but Quincy Amarikwa was ruled offside following video review.

After drawing a penalty on video review when he was pulled down by Eriq Zavaleta, Piatti scored the only goal the Impact would need, putting his low attempt just past the outstretched arm of Toronto FC goalkeeper Alex Bono in the 74th minute.

Piatti added his second of the game, and 16th of the season — putting him one goal shy of 17 goals for a third consecutive season — one minute from full time. Alejandro Silva slipped a ball into space where Piatti cut inside Mavinga and Bono, who inexplicably came off his line to challenge, and easily tapped into the empty net.

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