Montreal successfully defended the Amway Canadian Championship Cup Wednesday by defeating their long-time rival Toronto FC on a 2-1 aggregate.
The Impact began their Canadian club title defense on their heels, witnessing Toronto FC take charge early in the first half.
Jermain Defoe’s early pressure won Toronto a corner in the second minute. The cross then scrambled in the box before settling down for Drew Moor, who hit the upright with a curling shot. Toronto set the tone early, dominating possession and controlling the game strait from the start.
After fending off Toronto’s multiple opportunities, Montreal had their first chance of the game, off their first corner kick nonetheless. The opportunity however, would leave them wanting: Jack McInerney’s powerful header fluttered just over the crossbar; the closest chance of the game so far. The close range shot gave Montreal the momentum for the rest of the first half.
The match further increased in intensity in the 37th, when Marco Di Vaio settled the ball in the box and fired a left footed volley just wide of Bendik’s right post.
Montreal’s pressure continued when Bernardello struck a free kick that curved around the wall and dipped strait towards the lower left corner. The shot however was denied as Joe Bendik dove and performed a spectacular save to keep the game nil-nil.
Shortly after, Hernan Bernadello was taken out in midfield, granting the Impact a free kick in a dangerous area. His delivery curved into the box, found Hassoun Camara, who then swung a scissor kick which dipped just over the crossbar.
Bernardello continued to demonstrate his skills when he maneuvered the ball past three Toronto defenders in the box and took a powerful left-footed shot towards net, only to watch it flutter just wide of the far post.
Montreal sealed the deal when Di Vaio was fed a glorious through ball in the dying minutes of the game. His powerful shot from a distance struck the crossbar and sent a thundering sound throughout the stadium. Still in awe, the Montreal fans saw the rebound fall to Felipe, just outside the box, who in turn sent the ball to the back of the net to eventually claim the cup.