By TYLER GRAY
In a back-and-forth match that saw Matteo Ferrari play both the goat and the hero, the Montreal Impact were able to dig a little deeper and scored twice in the final 10 minutes to secure the 3-2 win against Real Salt Lake.
After deflecting a Lovel Palmer strike up and over goalkeeper Troy Perkins into the back of the net in just the seventh minute of the match, Ferrari found himself with one last chance to put his earlier blunder behind him.
The Montreal centerback stared down Blake Smith’s corner as it bounced once and fell to his feet, and he proceeded to smash the ball past the right keeper this time, scoring in the third minute of stoppage time to give Montreal the win.
This victory will help to calm the team as they re-establish their winning ways, rising to third place with 20 points from 10 games.
RSL took the lead early thanks to the Ferrari own goal. Felipe Martins was able to level the match in the 39th minute when he got on the end of Justin Mapp’s cross and placed it past Nick Rimando and into the back of the net. The match continued to be wide open with both teams having plenty of chances but RSL took the lead once again in the 77th minute when Kyle Beckerman calmly collected the ball off a corner kick and slotted it into the back of the net.
It didn’t take long for Montreal to respond. In the 80th minute Marco DiVaio received a pass in the box from Andrew Wenger and shot the ball off the near post and into the back of the net to knot the game at 2-2. DiVaio appeared to be offside in the replay but wasn’t flagged by the linesman on the far side.
It took all the way till the 93rd minute for Matteo Ferrari to score the final goal and secure the victory and three points for the Impact. All was forgiven as Ferrari ripped of his shirt upon scoring his first career MLS goal, sprinting around the pitch as his teammates mobbed him.
RSL will feel upset that they let a lead slip away from them twice, but the story belongs to Ferrari, who overcame an unfortunate start to play the hero in the end.
Montreal will have another quick turnaround as they welcome in the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday for the final of the Canadian Championship. RSL will travel to Los Angeles to face Chivas USA in a Sunday night match.
Here are the match highlights: