Toronto FC seals Montreal and advances to 2022 Canadian Championship Finals

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Toronto FC roughly beat Montreal on Wednesday night with a 4-0 win over BMO Field in the Canadian Championship semi-finals.

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Brampton native Ayo Akinola scored two goals for the Reds, with Jesús Gimenez and Alejandro Pozuelo adding singles.

Despite creating numerous scoring chances, Montreal failed to buy a goal. Goaltender Quentin Westberg recorded the day’s score, the first TFC shutout since last September 25, a 0-0 draw at Colorado Rapids.

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Westberg set up a point-blank goal in the 85th minute by Ahmed Hamdi to keep a clean sheet.

Akinola, who had just missed a couple of earlier chances, scored on a counter-attack in the 40th minute to give the hosts a 1-0 lead, scoring after a good pass into the box from Luca Petrasso, who received a great pass to the left flank from Jiménez. Petrasso received the assist for the goal.

Akinola’s second goal nine minutes into the second half was impressive. After receiving a pass from Pozuelo just outside the penalty area, Akinola stepped to the right to avoid a pair of Montreal defenders and landed a right-foot shot right under the crossbar in the right corner. Akinola, 22, who just returned from knee surgery last July, has three goals this season in all competitions.

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Jiménez left-footed the ball into the net in 75th after a failed attempt by Montreal defenders from a Toronto corner kick. He now has eight goals this season in all competitions this season, more than all Reds players.

Pozuelo put the icing on the TFC cake in the 78th minute when he landed a right-footed shot from very close range assisted by Jayden Nelson.

TFC will now play the winner of the Vancouver/York United match in the CC final in July. The Reds have won a record eight Canadian Championships while the Montreal have won five. The Reds have a rare shot at winning two Voyageurs Cups in one year by beating CPL giants Forge FC on penalties on June 4 to win the 2020 Canadian Championship, which has been delayed by two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Montreal (7W 6L 2D) had the best season in MLS this year, eight points clear of Toronto (4W 8L 3D) in the standings and are undefeated in their last four head-to-head matches with a 3-1 record. -0, and the latter won the 2021 Voyager Cup against them.

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