CF Montreal returned to winning ways with a 1-0 Rivalry Week win over Toronto FC in the Canadian Classique on Saturday.
Wilfried Nancy’s side lost 4-0 and 2-1 to LA Galaxy and Sporting Kansas City in their last two games, but had a chance to bounce back against their toughest opponents.
It was a game that Montreal largely dominated, with Matko Miljevic creating a number of chances, although Kei Kamara and Romell Quioto were squanderers, while Alex Bono made some big saves in the TFC net.
But just as the frustration was setting in, Quioto went to the far post for an Alistair Johnston cross in the 69th minute, only for TFC defender Lukas MacNaughton to head the ball into his own goal.
MTL saw Kamal Miller sent off hard after receiving a second yellow card for an overhead kick attempt, but Toronto just didn’t have enough attacking to capitalize on their late numerical advantage.
The Reds are now winless in five MLS games, having lost four, and will be desperate to get Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi onto the field as soon as possible to move up from 13th in the East.
Here are the full player ratings of a lively Canadian Classique at Saputo Stadium.
James Pantemis (TW) – 9/10 – Maintained his focus well to make a few key saves. The one who denied O’Neill at the very end was the best choice.
Joel Waterman (CB) – 6/10 – Didn’t have much to do defensively which meant he could push forward and get involved in the attack.
Rudy Camacho (CB) – 7/10 – Solid, no-nonsense defense.
Kamal Miller (CB) – 7/10 – Played a hybrid role, defending as a centre-back but adding an extra body down the left flank in attack. Both tasks well done. Got a very hard second yellow for a tall boot attempting an overhead kick.
Alistair Johnston (RWB) – 8/10 – missed the target with a series of crosses but hit the crucial right to assist in the winner. Lively all-match.
Victor Wanyama (CM) – 7/10 – Cool under pressure and moved the ball well apart from the odd sloppy pass.
Samuel Piette (CM) – 7/10 – Was positive and progressive with the ball and typically upbeat without it.
Lassi Lappalainen (LWF) – 6/10 – Not as active as Johnston but still had his moments.
Matko Miljevic (CAM) – 7/10 – Lively throughout, emerging across the pitch to open TFC defense and create chances.
Kei Kamara (ST) – 5/10 – Fought hard and gave TFC defenders a tough night but missed too many chances.
Romell Quioto (ST) – 8/10 – Just when it looked like it was going to be a night of frustration for Quioto, he showed up to force the winning goal, although it will go down as an OG. Never let the TFC defense put you down, was electrifying throughout.
SUB: Djordje Mihailoic (60′, for Miljevic) – 8/10 – Completely changed the game, increasing the pace of Montreal’s game and adding quality in the last third. Looks good despite a long break.
SUB: Mason Toye (60′, for Kamara) – 5/10 – Tried to stretch the TFC defense but didn’t get much joy.
SUB: Zachary Brault Guillard (79′, for Johnston) – 6/10 – Extra energy instead of Johnston.
SUB: Gabriele Corbo (84′, for Quioto) – 6/10 – Did enough to see the game.
Alex Bono (TW) – 8/10 – The result for TFC would have been much worse without Bono, who made some impressive saves.
Shane O’Neill (CB) – 5/10 – A very busy night, often out of position and outnumbered.
Lukas MacNaughton (CB) – 3/10 – A mess defensively and scored the own goal that gave Montreal the win.
Domenico Criscito (CB) – 6/10 – A tough debut with some questionable moments but he was TFC’s best defender. It looked good with the ball.
Kosi Thompson (RWB) – 5/10 – made some dangerous forward runs and was decent offensive presence but left a lot of gaps.
Michael Bradley (CM) – 5/10 – Was passed in midfield and didn’t offer enough except for a couple of flashy passes.
Mark-Anthony Kaye (CM) – 7/10 – Coped with a lot of defensive work but still had time to be one of Toronto’s biggest threats. Help needed.
Luca Petrasso (LWF) – 5/10 – Too calm apart from some dangerous crosses.
Deandre Kerr (FW) – 4/10 – Wasteful and anonymous.
Jesus Jimenez (FW) – 2/10 – Barely involved gave the Montreal defense an easy night.
Ayo Akinola (FW) – 5/10 – Was very unlucky when a goal was ruled out for offside. Worried Montreal’s defense with his pace but they managed to handle it.
SUB: Jacob Shaffelburg (90th, for Petrasso) – N/A – No time to turn the tide.
SUB: Ifunanyachi Achara (90th, for Kerr) – N/A – As above.