SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Marco Di Vaio struck for a pair of goals to lead 10-man Impact de Montreal to a 3-2 win over host CD FAS on Wednesday in a CONCACAF Champions League game at the Estadio Cuscatlan.
It was Montreal’s second victory over the Salvadoran side in 15 days, as the Canadian champion seized early control of three-team Group 3 with a perfect 2-0-0 record. The New York Red Bulls have yet to play and will open their CCL schedule at home against FAS (0-0-2, 0 points) on August 26.
The Impact went ahead 1-0 in the seventh minute. After receiving an Ignacio Piatti pass 25 yards from goal, Di Vaio turned and found Andres Romero. The Argentinean raced into the left side of the box and fired a left-footed shot inside the far post.
Less than two minutes later, Di Vaio doubled the Impact’s advantage, finishing from 12-yards out off a clever defense-splitting feed from Piatti.
The Tigres halved the deficit in the 32nd minute, when a 23-yard shot by Jorge Moran deflected off a Montreal defender and past goalkeeper Evan Bush. The goal snapped the visitor’s CCL shutout streak at 218 minutes.
Marcio Teruel leveled the score at 2-2 in the 51st minute, converting on a penalty kick after referee Paul Delgadillo ruled Karl Ouimette had clipped Jonathan Joya.
Shortly afterwards, Delgadillo whistled for another penalty on the opposite end of the field. Di Vaio netted what proved to be the game-winner in the 60th minute, placing his kick from the spot inside the left post, just beyond a diving Adolfo Menendez. The former Italy international now has shares the tournament scoring lead with Comunicaciones’ Rolando Blackburn on three goals each.
Montreal played the last 16 minutes with only 10 players, following the sending off of Felipe Martins for a second bookable offense.