Giovinco’s late winner gives TFC sixth Canadian Championship

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TORONTO- Sebastian Giovinco’s brace last night saw Toronto FC defeat their bitter rivals 2-1 to seal a sixth Canadian Championship for the MLS league leaders.

After the first leg in Montreal the score was 1-1 so TFC held a slight advantage, but any goal from Montreal would cancel Toronto’s away goal.

Ricketts returned to the starting lineup for the Reds’ as he partnered Sebastian Giovinco up top, and Clint Irwin was back in goal.

Nacho Piatti was given the start after being rested on the weekend against Columbus.

Toronto started the game off well with an early chance from Ricketts who couldn’t connect well to finish off Giovinco’s pass.

The Reds continued to dominate proceedings for the majority of the half, but it was Montreal who opened the scoring when young Canadian Ballou Tabla’s left footed curling shot flew past Irwin into the top left corner.

Montreal went into the break with a 1-0 lead meaning TFC needed one for extra-time and two to win the trophy.

Altidore and Delgado replaced Osorio and Ricketts at halftime to give TFC a new style of attack.

Just ten minutes into the second half Toronto tied things up when Giovinco’s beautiful control played him onto his left foot when he then beat two players and placed the ball into the bottom right corner.

After Giovinco tied the game up, it became more open with both teams looking to win before extra-time.

Minutes before added time Giovinco was taken out in the box but the referee was adamant that it wasn’t a penalty which stroke the controversy.

To add to the controversy, Patrice Bernier was shown a red card for a tackle on Delgado which looked to be a clean one. Montreal were down to ten men for the remainder of the game.

The referee added three minutes onto the end of the game but in the fourth minute of added time, Raheem Edwards’ cross found Giovinco in the box who was there to tap home with almost the last kick of the game to give Toronto the championship.

Toronto claimed their sixth Canadian Championship and their second in a row and will now enter the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League next year.

Starting lineups:

Toronto: Irwin; Zavaleta, Moor, Mavinga; Beitashour, Bradley, Vazquez, Osorio, Edwards; Ricketts, Giovinco.

Subs: Delgado 45′, Altidore 45′.

Montreal: Crepeau; Camara, Ciman, Cabrera, Fisher; Bernier, Bernadello; Piatti, Dzemalli, Tabla; Mancosu.

Subs: Oduro 79′, Lefevre 91′

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