Impact dominate Whitecaps
(Photo: MLS)

The Montreal Impact made their way to the west coast to play two games against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Montreal needed two wins and a +4 goal differential to finish first in the 3 team group and book a spot in the 2020 Canadian Championship. The Impact got to work early and in the second minute got the first shot on goal off a free kick but Thomas Hasal was up to the task of saving it.

Montreal was dominating play early and doing well at keeping possession of the ball and in the 5th minute Jukka Raitala got another chance at goal but Hasal came up with another save. The Whitecaps would actually score the first goal of the game despite getting dominated when Theo Bair won a race with two Impact defenders and shot the ball past Clement Diop and go in to make it 1-0 Vancouver.

The Whitecaps took the momentum of the goal and used it to their advantage and managed another shot on target but Diop was up to the task of saving it. Montreal would tie the game three minutes later when Orji Okonkwo off a rebound that was shot by Romell Quioto would put it in the side of the net. 

Saphir Taider thought he had the go-ahead goal 10 minutes later but upon review from VAR, the goal was deemed no good due to the play being offside. Victor Wanyama had a great chance to score the tiebreaker but Hasal came up big with another stop.

In the 45th minute, Romell Quioto had another chance at goal but was taken down in the box by Hasal which meant penalty. Saphir Taider would step up to the spot and make no mistake putting the ball past him to make it 2-1 Montreal. The first half would finish with the Impact up 2-1 going into the second half.

The second half started almost the same as the first with Montreal hungry for goals due to the tiebreaker in the group being decided by goal differential. Five minutes into the second half Samuel Piette scored his first goal of the season when he was able to tip a shot from Saphir Taider to make it 3-1 Montreal. 

Things got heated just a few minutes later when Lucas Cavalini was shown a second yellow card after being booked early in the first and that meant an automatic red card for a kicking Impact keeper Diop in the head while he was trying to get a shot past him.

Cavallini was incensed and went after the Impact players and that caused a scrum in front of the Montreal goal and players needed to be separated.  It got worse for the Whitecaps as four minutes later Romell Quioto added to the Impact lead when once again he tipped a shot that went off his foot and in to make it 4-1 Montreal.

Vancouver did everything after that to try and get back in the game but Diop was playing well and keeping his team in it. In the 67th minute, the Whitecaps got one back when Rudy Camacho tipped a ball off his leg and past Diop to cut Montreal lead to two.

The Montreal Impact were as well reduced to 10 men a couple of minutes later when Emmanuel Maciel went studs up. The play needed to be reviewed by VAR to confirm and it was. The game finished with Montreal taking another 3 points to inch closer to winning the group and a berth in the 2020 Canadian Championship.

These two teams will meet once again at BC Place on Wednesday and as it stands Montreal would need one goal to tie TFC and 2 goals to win the group with a win of course.

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