Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Renteria Scores in 3rd Minute of Stoppage Time to Lift Crew to 2-1 Win over Impact

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Renteria Scores in 3rd Minute of Stoppage Time to Lift Crew to 2-1 Win over Impact

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Renteria's late goal lifts Crew past Impact

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The playoff hopes of the Montreal Impact were tempered Saturday night by a tough 2-1 loss to Columbus, perhaps the only MLS team able to match the current form of the red-hot expansion club.

The Crew scored the winner in the final moments of second-half stoppage time when forward Emilio Renteria headed in a cross past Impact 'keeper Troy Perkins, ending Montreal's five-game win streak.

"When we got the lead late, I felt like we had control of things," Montreal coach Jesse Marsch said. "But then the game opened up and we were tired. In the end, they punished us."

Impact forward Marco Di Vaio staked Montreal to a late lead when he opened the scoring by calmly chipping a ball over charging Crew 'keeper Andy Gruenebaum in the 73rd minute.

But Crew captain Chad Marshall tied the score when he outmuscled a pair of Montreal defenders to put a head on a Frederico Higuain free kick in the 80th.

Higuain had two assist on the night, including the cross on Renteria's winner.

Perkins, who played an impressive game with six saves, had no chance to stop either Crew goal.

"Troy played very well for us tonight," Marsch said. "It looked like it was going to be enough for three points, then it looked like it was going to be enough for one point.

"It's a little cruel for us tonight, but we're not stopping."

The Crew (12-8-6) and Impact (12-14-3) entered the game tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference. The top five teams earn a playoff spot.

Columbus, which beat Philadelphia on Wednesday with another winner scored in second-half stoppage time, vaulted past Chicago and D.C. United and into a tie for third place.

Columbus and Chicago have played three fewer than Montreal, which remains two points behind Chicago and D.C. United. United has played two fewer games than the Impact. …

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