Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) – David Villa’s free kick in the 82nd minute lifted New York City FC to a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact at Saputo Stadium on Saturday.
Villa notched his second brace of the season as he opened the scoring in the 34th minute for NYC, which captured its fourth win in five games.
Ignacio Piatti’s penalty kick in the 77th minute leveled the match for the Impact, but Villa struck just five minutes later to leave Montreal without a win in three games.
New York goalkeeper Josh Saunders was in top form on Saturday and he produced a fine kick save to deny a close-range effort from Piatti in the first half.
Villa found the net 11 minutes before the break when he took a pass on the left from Patrick Mullins and beat a defender before lashing a shot past Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush.
Thomas McNamara got in on goal five minutes later as NYC tried to double its lead, but Bush denied him in a one-on-one situation.
Saunders made a fine stop on Laurent Ciman’s free kick in the 63rd, but the Impact leveled the contest with 13 minutes to play as McNamara handled the ball inside his own penalty area, allowing Piatti to fire home his effort from the spot.
But Villa was not going to be denied and he drew a foul on the edge of the penalty area five minutes later and stepped forward to bury the subsequent free kick, clinching three points for NYC.