Justin Mapp conjured a fine second-half equalizer to hand Montréal a 1-1 draw at Toronto FC in the first leg of the Canadian Championship final on Wednesday night.
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Toronto FC 1 – Montréal 1 – Canadian Championship final, first leg
Justin Mapp curled home a sumptuous equalizer to punctuate the Impact’s second-half revival and snatch a result at BMO Field. TFC opened the better of the two sides and struck through a set piece after 20 minutes to consolidate its superiority. Doneil Henry created separation inside the penalty area and nodded home Daniel Lovitz’s corner kick to hand the Reds a firm foothold in the match. Montréal improved substantially after the interval and pegged TFC back when Mapp fired home after 73 minutes. The late riposte restored parity in the tie ahead of the second leg at Stade Saputo next Wednesday.