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A moment of absolute genius from Sebastian Giovinco made some MLS history last night

The diminutive Italian scored one of the best goals the league has ever seen to book Toronto’s place in the play-offs.

Image: Jay LaPrete/AP/Press Association Images

IT HAS BEEN a long, painful road for fans of Toronto FC.

The franchise first entered Major League Soccer in 2007 but have consistently failed to come close to winning the championship.

In fact, even the play-offs have always eluded them.

Until last night.

And it was a case of cometh the hour, cometh the man as Sebastian Giovinco – the former Juventus player who arrived at the club in March and who has single-handedly amazed both fans and critics with some relentlessly-impressive performances – came up trumps once more.

The 28-year-old played half an hour for the Italian national side in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Norway on Tuesday and had stepped off a plane just hours before Toronto kicked-off against New York Red Bulls on Wednesday evening.

Unsurprisingly, Giovinco started on the bench, and watched as Herculez Gomez put Toronto in front after 51 minutes.

But he was sprung from the dugout with twenty minutes to go and shortly after he conjured a moment of absolute genius to score of the finest MLS goals the league has ever seen.

A special night for the city of Toronto and with the diminutive attacker playing so well, who knows what the future holds for the club?

 

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