Ignacio Piatti and Victor Cabrera scored five minutes apart to key Montreal’s controlling 2-0 defeat of Alajuelense in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal on Wednesday night.
Piatti started the scoring when he collected a Porter’s flick through of Dominic Oduro’s cross, giving Montreal a lead after nine minutes.
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And Marco Donadel knocked a corner down for Cabrera just five minutes later, and the River Plate loanee hit a bouncing ball past Dexter Lewis to double the Impact’s lead to 2-0.
Oduro ripped a flare just over the net as the clock hit 24, and Montreal seemed well in control of this first leg. And they were until the final 10 minutes or so, where fitness may’ve played a role in the Costa Rican club’s control.
Both clubs are bidding to become the first representatives from their nations to make a final in the CCL era. Montreal could also become the first MLS finalist since 2011 (Real Salt Lake).
Alajuelense’s fellow Costa Rican semifinalist, Herediano, have a 3-0 lead after one leg against Club America.
Montreal Impact: Bush; Cabrera, Soumare, Ciman, Toia; Reo-Coker, Donadel (Mallace, 62′); Oduro, Piatti (Bernier, 76′), Duka (Tissot, 46′); Porter.
Goals: Piatti (9′), Cabrera (14′)
Alajuelense: Lewis; Soto, Lopez, Acosta, Salvatierra; Matarrita (Gabas, 68′), Rodriguez, Venegas, Gutierrez, Ortiz (Sanchez, 74′), McDonald (Calvo, 54′)