Jonathan Osorio scored in the 89th minute as MLS holders Toronto came from behind to draw first blood in their absorbing CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final tie against Tigres UANL.
Osorio produced a moment of brilliance thanks to a sensational backheel with a minute of regulation time remaining to lift Toronto to a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Mexican visitors on Wednesday.
Former Marseille forward and 36-time France international Andre-Pierre Gignac was named among the substitutes for Tigres at BMO Field but the match changed after his introduction.
Brought on for Enner Valencia at half-time in Toronto, Gignac proved a handful for the hosts as Chile star Eduardo Vargas broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute.
Yeah, you’re gonna wanna watch this one again. And again, and again.
— Toronto FC (@torontofc) March 8, 2018
Vargas hit a half-volley across Toronto goalkeeper Alexander Bono but Tigres’ lead was short-lived – Jozy Altidore outmuscling his opponent and finishing low beyond Nahuel Guzman eight minutes later.
And Toronto completed their comeback during the dying moments when Osorio backheeled in a Sebastian Giovinco pass to spark wild celebrations.
Seattle Sounders made it two wins from two games for American teams against Mexican opposition on Wednesday after edging Guadalajara 1-0.
The match was petering out for a draw until United States star Clint Dempsey broke the deadlock with 12 minutes left.
— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) March 8, 2018
Sounders veteran Dempsey side-footed a shot past Rodolfo Cota at CenturyLink Field.
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