SI Staff
Monday March 7th, 2016

The Montreal Impact didn't have Didier Drogba vs. the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place, but they did have Ignacio Piatti. 

Piatti put on a show out west, scoring a tremendous goal, nearly setting up another with a dazzling dribble, assisting on Dominic Oduro's strike and then finishing off the 'Caps in the 3-1 win for the Impact.

Piatti, who had nine goals and eight assists a season ago, opened the scoring by weaving through Whitecaps defenders, remaining patient and picking his spot to beat David Ousted.

Piatti set up Harry Shipp for what nearly became Montreal's second goal, showing off his skilled footwork before nutmegging a defender and splitting two with his pass to Shipp:

Piatti did get his assist, which made it 2-0 at the time before Jordan Harvey pulled one back for Vancouver:

Piatti capped his day with an 88th-minute tally from a tight angle, with Oduro returning the favor:

Drogba won't play on artificial turf, at least to start the season, meaning he'll miss four of the Impact's first five matches. With Piatti playing like he did Sunday, Montreal might be just fine without him.

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