Goal of the day: Eric Hassli (Whitecaps) vs Toronto | inside World Soccer

Eric Hassli's marvellous volley in stoppage time gave the Vancouver Whitecaps a 1-1 home draw with Toronto FC in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship final on Wednesday.

Vancouver Whitecaps striker Eric Hassli watches his volley hit the back of the Toronto net
Vancouver Whitecaps striker Eric Hassli watches his volley hit the back of the Toronto net

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Ryan Johnson gave Toronto the lead midway through the second half when he headed home a perfect Julian de Guzman cross.

It looked like struggling Toronto was going to pull off an upset until Hassli's heroics in the first of four minutes of stoppage time.

An Alain Rochat cross from the left found the big Frenchman unmarked in the Toronto box.

With sublime technique, Hassli struck a stunning volley past a helpless Miloš Kocić and into the top corner.

"Alain Rochat gave me a great ball," Hassli told reporters after the match.

"I practiced yesterday. I killed some birds (with wayward shots) and today was pretty good – lucky, too. It's a good goal."

Team-mate John Thorrington added: "I was in the middle of icing. I threw my ice, my recovery shake up in the air.

"What a fantastic goal. Not many guys in the world can do that and we've seen that a few times from him. I'm sure that'll do wonders for him and wonders for the team."

His goal against Seattle Sounders last year was pretty good, but this one was certainly more important.



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