The Impact's Ignacio Piatti (right) and the Fire's Alex compete for the ball during the first half on Saturday. | Graham Hughes/AP
Updated: September 18, 2014 6:47AM
MONTREAL — Forward Marco Di Vaio broke a scoreless deadlock late on Saturday night at Stade Saputo to give the Montreal Impact their fourth win of the season, 1-0 against the Fire.
The Impact (4-14-5, 17 points) stay bottom of the East, but they finally snapped a seven-game losing streak. The Fire (4-6-13, 25 points) remain in ninth place, having scored one goal or fewer for the ninth consecutive MLS game.
Di Vaio came through in the 84th minute after Maxim Tissot’s pass found rookie left back Eric Miller on a rare foray forward. The ball bounced for Di Vaio at the top of the box. Calm as ever, the veteran striker put a clinical finish past Sean Johnson.
An uneventful first half saw both teams fail to put a shot on target. The Fire prevented the Impact from building from the back, denying them space to reach the front four of Dilly Duka — playing against his former team for the first time since being traded July 29 — Justin Mapp, Ignacio Piatti and Di Vaio.
But the Fire only threatened on the overlap and created the best chance of the half that way, as Lovel Palmer sent in a low cross that goalkeeper Evan Bush struggled to pick up.
Sanna Nyassi, whom Montreal sent to the Fire for Duka, entered the game in the 68th minute for Harry Shipp. Nyassi drew gasps from the crowd in the 80th minute as he broke through on the left, but Hassoun Camara recovered well to stop him.