Giovinco scores in Toronto MLS playoff win

Oct 31, 2017 - 2:41 AM Italy striker Sebastian Giovinco's second-half free kick proved the difference as Toronto FC won 2-1 at the New York Red Bulls in the opening leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semi-finals.

The former Juventus forward, who has scored more goals from free kicks than any other player in MLS history, displayed his pinpoint precision in the 72nd minute when he curled the ball into the net from 25 yards.

Toronto opened the scoring in the eighth minute when Spanish midfielder Victor Vazquez slotted home the rebound after Jozy Altidore's cross had been pushed out to near the penalty spot by New York goalkeeper Luis Robles.

The Red Bulls equalised during stoppage time at the end of the first half courtesy of a Daniel Royer spot kick after Drew Moor had fouled English striker Bradley Wright-Phillips.

Toronto, the top playoff seed, host the second leg on Sunday.

Source: AAP

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