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Montreal Impact send Toronto FC packing from playoffs with 3-0 win

Patrice Bernier led off the scoring for the Impact. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

MONTREAL – It was a huge victory for the Montreal Impact as they defeated Toronto FC 3-0, carving their way into Canadian MLS history Thursday night at Saputo Stadium.

Goals by Patrice Bernier, Ignacio Piatti and Didier Drogba gave the Impact the edge in the first MLS Cup Playoff game ever played in Canada.

The first goal was inflicted against Toronto by Impact captain Patrice Bernier with the help of Ignacio Piatti and that was only the beginning of a flurry of goals in the first half.

The second goal of the night came in the 34thminute after a TFC defender Josh Williams slipped in front of Piatti, handing him his first goal of the game. Less than five minutes later came Didier Drogba’s score, assisted by Bernier, driving the sellout home crowd of 18,069 wild.

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A scoreless second half left the scoreboard intact finalizing the game at 3-0 ensuring that TFC’s first playoff appearance was a brief one.

The Impact will play host to the Columbus Crew in the opening leg of a two-game, total goals Eastern Conference semi-final on Sunday.

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