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WATCH: Montreal Calum Mallace sent off for body check against Toronto FC

The rivalry match between Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact was expected to produce fireworks on the scoreboard. But it produced them for other reasons as the proceedings got heated late in the first half of Saturday’s clash after Calum Mallace was sent off for delivering a body check to Toronto defender Steve Beitashour.

With the game scoreless, an Impact counterattack in the 43rd minute ended when Marky Delgado brought down Dominic Odoro, earning a yellow card in the process. However, Beitashour continued to play on after the whistle and Mallace delivered a hit that would be more at home in a Canadiens-Maple Leafs encounter than on a soccer field.

Referee Jorge Gonzalez waded his way through the ensuing scrum between the two teams to hand out the red card to Mallace.

But despite being down a man, the Impact walked away with the three points thanks a 73rd minute strike from Ignacio Piatti.