MLS Snapshot: Chicago Fire 1-2 Montreal Impact

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The game in 100 words (or less): Both teams looked dangerous at times, both teams looked vulnerable at times, and it was Montreal’s playmakers that ultimately earned the three points. Didier Drogba finished off a fine chance, and Ignacio Piatti won it with an absolutely beauty in injury time. Montreal now leads the Eastern Conference by three points.

Five moments that mattered

29′ — Igbonanike lights up Toyota Park — Dominic Oduro wanted the fireworks, but Kennedy Igbonanike ended up holding the ribbon. What started as a failed bicycle-kick attempt by the MLS journeyman sparked a counter for the Fire. With John Goossens screaming for the ball at the far post, Igbonanike decided to take it himself from outside the top corner of the penalty area, and he curled in an absolute beauty to give Chicago the 1-0 lead.

56′ — Drogba levels it up — Well, that didn’t take long. After coming on for Venegas in the 50th minute, Drogba evened it up with a nifty little goal. Once again Oduro picked Chicago’s pocket, snatching a kick from Lampson. He beat Campbell and fed Drogba in front of net, and the former Chelsea man backheeled his way onto the scoresheet.

75′ — Bush denies Morrell — With the score tied, the door opened for Chicago and they couldn’t take advantage. Polster torched Wandrille Lefevre down the left, and he cut back to Alex Morrell near the penalty spot. Morrell had only Evan Bush to beat, but the Impact goalkeeper stood tall and produced an acrobatic save to pump the ball away.

90+1′ — Piatti wins it — The winning moment. With time winding down, Montreal pushed forward. Oduro again was the feeder, finding Piatti at the top left corner of the box. He decided to have a go himself, and ka-pow, the Argentinian finished a beautiful curler into the upper corner to win the game.

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Man of the match: Dominic Oduro

Goalscorers: Igbonanike 29′, Drogba 56′, Piatti 90+1′