TORONTO – Wilfried Nancy and the CF Montreal players will now be able to devote all their energies to MLS activities.
Defending champions Canada were eliminated in the national tournament semi-finals Wednesday night after a searing 4-0 defeat to Toronto FC at BMO Field.
Ayo Akinola hammered the first nails into CF Montreal’s coffin by scoring Toronto FC’s first two goals, one in each of two halves against James Pantemis.
Then, within three minutes, in the final quarter of the second half, Jesus Jimenez and Alejandro Pozuelo sealed the fate of CF Montreal.
With this triumph, Toronto FC will advance to the Grand Final of the Canadian Championship, at a date to be defined in July. He will face the winner of the duel presented Wednesday night between Canadian Premier League club York United and the Vancouver Whitecaps.
For their part, CF Montreal will return to MLS mode when they face Charlotte FC at Saputo Stadium on Saturday.
Toronto stands out
It didn’t take long to see the scoring chances. After three minutes, each of the two teams had tried a shot. Even before the end of the first minute, Jayden Nelson was able to infiltrate the right flank of the Montreal defense and make a quality shot that ended up on the vertical shot to the left of Pantemis. Then, during the third minute of play, it’s Samuel Piette’s turn to threaten Quentin Westberg’s fortress, but his shot flies over the horizontal crossbar.
However, for the next 35 minutes, the offensive action was poor until Toronto struck almost unexpectedly in the 40th minute.
After CF Montreal’s tough play in the central zone, Toronto FC were able to orchestrate a push into the Montreal territory. Akinola concluded the sequence by deflecting a pass from Luca Petrasso into the net, despite Pantemis diving to the left of him.
From then on, Toronto FC players dominated the game until the final whistle of the first half. Pantemis had to stop Nelson and Akinola’s shots, the first in the 44th minute and the second during recovery.
Without forgetting Rudy Camacho’s beautiful slide into the penalty area to deprive Nelson of another opportunity to score, a few moments before.
Nancy started the second half by sending Kei Kamara and Ahmed Hamdi into the fray to replace Zorhan Bassong and Mathieu Choinière respectively.
However, it was Toronto FC who scored the next goal. Once again Akinola found the back of the net with a right from outside the box in the 54th minute.
Jimenez and Pozuelo destroyed the last hopes that could remain in Montreal by touching the target in the 75th and 78th minutes respectively.