Sebastian Giovinco Scores Game Winner in Season Finale
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Toronto— Sebastian Giovinco’ incredible 88th minute goal sealed the victory in Toronto FC’s season finale at BMO Field to end the season on somewhat of a positive note.
Although this game signaled the end of TFC’s season, this was still an important game for the team because with a win or draw, Atlanta would pass Toronto’s record setting 2017 season.
Coach Vanney went with a 4-3-2-1 formation with Giovinco and Janson in the attack, and a back-4 of Gregory van der Wiel, Chris Mavinga, Nick Hagglund, and Ashtone Morgan. Another notable change was Justin Morrow, usually a defender, being included in Toronto’s attacking-three.
Coach Geraldo Martino chose to start star striker Josef Martinez instead of resting him for the MLS playoffs.
Toronto started off the game well; they were pushing the pace offensively and creating scoring opportunities. In the 9th minute, Lukas Janson found an opening in Atlanta’s defense and struck a nicely placed shot past goalkeeper Brad Guzan to put Toronto up 1-0.
Toronto almost added another goal in the 16th minute when Sebastian Giovinco crossed the ball between two Atlanta defenders to Lukas Janson, who headed it to Jonathan Osorio, but couldn’t finish the volley. That was a great sign for Toronto because it showed the team was looking for more creative ways to score.
Toronto FC’s possession and excellent ball movement led to the team adding another goal in the 21st minute when Marky Delgado scored a nice goal from a similar position as the one Lukas Janson scored 12-minutes earlier.
Atlanta almost cut the lead back down to one in the 41st minute when Toronto’s Nick Hagglund gave the ball away to Josef Martinez, but he hit the post, which was a sign of relief for TFC goalkeeper Alex Bono.
Toronto began the second half much like they did the first half, they stayed composed and were passing well.
After both sides scored a goal that would later be disallowed, Atlanta would receive a penalty kick in the 77th minute after a challenge in Toronto’s box. Atlanta’s Josef Martinez would step up and easily score from the penalty spot, putting his team within one goal.
Toronto FC would get that goal back five short minutes later after captain Michael Bradley sent Sebastian Giovinco, who then passed to Lukas Janson for his second goal of the game. In Lukas Janson’s post game scrum, he mentioned that he intends to stay with the club next season, which is great news for TFC fans.
Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco scores to send TFC fans home happy and end the season on a high note.
TOR Janson 9’
TOR Delgado 21’
ATL Martinez 77’ (PK)
TOR Janson 82’
TOR Giovinco 88’
ATL Garza (IN) McCann (OFF)
ATL Villalba (IN) Larentowicz (OFF)
ATL Williams (IN) Barco (OFF)
TOR Chapman (IN) Osorio (OFF)
TOR Hernandez (IN) Morgan (OFF)
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