Toronto FC 1-1 Bolton - Penalties: 3-4

  • July 22, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton have won the Carlsberg Cup, beating Toronto FC 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw over 90 minutes.

Matt Taylor opened the scoring for Wanderers after 27 minutes, before Maicon Santos Correa equalised on the stroke of half-time.

Gretar Steinsson missed in the shoot-out, but with Jussi Jaaskelainen saving twice from five attempts, Gary Cahill's spot kick proved to be the winner as Owen Coyle's side finished their tour of North America unbeaten.

The game started on a somewhat slow note and it took a little more than 25 minutes before we saw a shot on target, as Taylor got a shot away from the edge of the area.

That seemed to spark the game into life and Wanderers were ahead just a minute later. After being marked out on the edge of the Toronto area, Taylor fed the ball wide left to Petrov, who cut inside before firing the ball across the area for Taylor to deflect home.

Jaaskelainen was brought into action for the first time on the half hour, holding a shot from Faud Ibrahim as Toronto looked for a way back into the game.

With 39 minutes gone, Bolton almost doubled their lead. Just as they did for the first goal, Petrov crossed the ball towards Taylor but this time the ball ended up in the stands.

Then, on the stroke of half-time, the hosts pulled level. In a superb counter attacking move, Mista picked out Jacob Petersen who crossed for Correa to head past Jaaskelainen and into the far corner.

Wanderers made three changes at the break, as Steinsson, Jlloyd Samuel and Sean Davis came on to replace Sam Ricketts, Paul Robinson and Joey O'Brien.

One of those substitutes, Steinsson, came close to restoring the lead on 50 minutes when he glanced a corner just wide of goal. Moments later, Taylor came close to getting his second when he sent a long-range free-kick narrowly wide of the target.

Petrov forced Milos Kocic into a smart save just after the hour with a sverving shot from distance, before substitute Johan Elmander had a goal disallowed for offside, which was given on Ricardo Gardner in the build up.

Midway through the second half, Toronto should have taken the lead. After seeing a shot blocked by Steinsson, Nicholas Lindsay had a glorious opportunity to score but couldn't beat Jaaskelainen who somehow kept the shot out.

Tamir Cohen thought he had won it ten minutes from time when he met a Stuart Holden free-kick, but Kocic produced an outstanding diving save to keep out the Israeli's header.

Toronto saw appeals for a penalty turned down late on when Cahill appeared to bring down Lindsay, before Gardner fired high and wide in stoppage time at the other end as the tie went to penalties.

Steinsson was first up for Wanderers and after seeing his strike cannon back off the crossbar, Gabe Gala sent Jaaskelainen the wrong way to give the hosts the advantage.

Holden struck his effort straight down the middle and after Jaaskelainen saved from Raivis Hscanovics, things were all square after two penalties each.

Robbie Blake and Davis both converted their respective spot-kicks, as did O'Brian White and Lindsay for Toronto as the scores were level at 3-3 after four penalties.

Cahill struck an unstoppable effort to Kocic's right and when Jaaskelainen saved from Oscar Cordon, Wanderers won the shootout and were crowned winners of the Carlsberg Cup, following in the footsteps of Pachucha and River Plate who have won the tournament in previous years.

Wanderers will now make their way home and following the reserve's trip to Chorley on Friday, will face Rochdale at Spotland on Saturday afternoon, a scene somewhat different to that of Toronto.

Penalties - As it happened:
0-0 - Steinsson hits the crossbar
1-0 - Galla scores to Jaaskelainen's right
1-1 - Holden scores down the middle
1-1 - Jaaskelainen saves down low from Hscanovics
1-2 - Blake scores to Kocic's bottom right-hand corner
2-2 - White sends Jaaskelainen the wrong way
2-3 - Davis puts it in the bottom corner
3-3 - Lindsay scores in the bottom-left corner
3-4 - Cahill fires hard past Kocic
3-4 - Jaaskelainen saves from Cordon as Bolton win the Carlsberg Cup

Toronto FC: Conway (Kocic 46), Usanov (Andjelkovic 46), Hscanovics, Henry (Stinson 77), Medic (Cordon 75), Ibrahim (White 46), Vukovic (McNicoll 46), Joseph (Lindsay 46), Peterson (Gala 46), Mista (Ent 46), Santos (Nane 46)
Booked: Hscanovics
Goals: Santos 45

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts (Steinsson 46), Cahill, Knight (A O'Brien 59), Robinson (Samuel 46), Petrov (Blake 76), J O'Brien (Davis 46), Muamba (Cohen 59), M Davies (Holden 59), Taylor (Gardner 59 (Ward 90)), K Davies (Elmander 59)
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Lainton, Riga, Basham
Goals: Taylor 27

Referee: Stephen Dipiero

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