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Peralta gives America a 1-1 draw with Montreal in CONCACAF Champions League final

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MEXICO CITY — Oribe Peralta scored in the 89th minute to give America a 1-1 tie with the Montreal Impact on Wednesday night in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final.

The second-half substitute scored on a header off a cross from Argentine midfielder Rubens Sambueza.

Argentine striker Ignacio Piatti scored on a cross from Andres Romero in the 16th for the Impact.

PHOTO: Canada's Montreal Impact team players celebrate with Ignacio Piatti after he scored against Mexico's America during a CONCACAF Cahmpions league match in Mexico City, Wednesday, April  22, 2015. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)
Canada's Montreal Impact team players celebrate with Ignacio Piatti after he scored against Mexico's America during a CONCACAF Cahmpions league match in Mexico City, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)

"A 1-0 win would have been great, but I think a 1-1 draw gives us confidence for the second leg," Montreal coach Frank Klopas said.

Montreal needs a scoreless draw or a win in the second leg, to be played next Wednesday night at home at Olympic Stadium, to become the first Canadian team to win the CONCACAF tournament. America needs a victory or a tie by more than two goals to win its fifth CONCACAF championship and first one since 2006.

"Despite not getting a win, the tie gives me good vibrations because it's hard to generate football and we had like 12 or 13 scoring chances today," America coach Gustavo Matosas said. "Fortunately, for us Oribe came through for us. Montreal is a good team, that's why they are at the final, but I'm confident that we can get a win at their place."

The Impact, the first Canadian team to appear in a CONCACAF final, is trying to become the first non-Mexican team to win the tournament since Costa Rica's Saprissa in 2005.

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PHOTO: Ignacio Piatti of Canada's Montreal Impact, center, celebrates with teammate Dilly Duka, right, after scoring against Mexico's America during a CONCACAF Champions league match in Mexico City, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)
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