August 31, 2014 10:05 am

Piatti’s first two MLS goals lift Impact over Columbus 2-0

Montreal Impact's Ignacio Piatti, left, celebrates with teammates Dilly Duka (11) and Marco Di Vaio, right, after scoring against the Columbus Crew during first half MLS soccer action in Montreal, Saturday, August 30, 2014.

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MONTREAL – Recently acquired designated player Ignacio Piatti’s first two goals lifted the Montreal Impact to a 2-0 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night.

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Piatti, the midfielder nicknamed Nacho who arrived from Argentina this month as the team’s second DP, took a feed from Felipe Martins inside the Columbus area, put a deke on Michael Parkhurst and drilled in his first MLS goal in the 40th minute.

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He added another in extra time with a sliding shot on a loose ball after Marco Di Vaio lost the ball.

The last-place Impact (5-15-5) posted a second win in their last three league games.

Columbus (8-9-9) had won their previous two matches.

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They were shut out after scoring nine times in three games.

The Saputo Stadium crowd could feel a goal coming for Piatti after he forced goalkeeper Steve Clark to make a sharp hand save in the 30th minute.

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© The Canadian Press, 2014

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