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Piatti’s first two MLS goals lift Impact over Columbus 2-0

Montreal Impact's Ignacio Piatti, left, and Columbus Crew's Eric Gehrig battle for the ball during second half MLS soccer action in


Recently acquired designated player Ignacio Piatti's first two goals lifted the Montreal Impact to a 2-0 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night.

Piatti, the midfielder nicknamed Nacho who arrived from Argentina this month as the team's second DP, took a feed from Felipe Martins inside the Columbus area, put a deke on Michael Parkhurst and drilled in his first MLS goal in the 40th minute.

He added another in extra time with a sliding shot on a loose ball after Marco Di Vaio lost the ball.

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The last-place Impact (5-15-5) posted a second win in their last three league games.

Columbus (8-9-9) had won their previous two matches. They were shut out after scoring nine times in three games.

The Saputo Stadium crowd could feel a goal coming for Piatti after he forced goalkeeper Steve Clark to make a sharp hand save in the 30th minute.

Two minutes later, they booed as Piatti's pass for Di Vaio into the area hit referee Juan Guzman, who a moment later showed Piatti the yellow card for a rough tackle.

Guzman made it up in the 34th by taking out the yellow for Tony Tchani for tripping Piatti.

Then Di Vaio drew a free kick just outside the Columbus area and opted for a pass that Piatti headed into Clark's hands.

And less than a minute later, Piatti scored.

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Columbus star Federico Higuain was given a free kick from 25 yards after a sliding tackle from Hassoun Camara but the Argentine's shot went into keeper Evan Bush's arms.

Substitute Aaron Schoenfeld's header from close range off a corner kick in the 78th gave Bush trouble, but he managed to put a hand onto the ball.

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