Video: Didier Drogba's injury-time strike lifts Montreal Impact past LA Galaxy

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The Chelsea legend netted a stunning free-kick at the death to earn his side a 3-2 win over Steven Gerrard's LA.

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Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba helped snap the Montreal Impact’s six-game winless run on Saturday night, netting a last-gasp free-kick to give his side a 3-2 victory over the LA Galaxy at Stade Saputo.

Mexican playmaker Giovani dos Santos had given the Galaxy an early lead on the night, capitalising on a defensive mistake to open the scoring in the eighth minute, but Montreal equalised 18 minutes later when Ignacio Piatti finished off a swift counter attack.

Piatti then set up fellow Argentine Lucas Ontivero for his first MLS goal 11 minutes after the break to put the Canadian club in front, before Mike Magee levelled the scores again just two minutes later after receiving a ball from Steven Gerrard in the box.

The game looked to be heading for a draw deep into stoppage-time until Drogba pulled off some late heroics, stepping up to drill home a powerful free-kick from long-distance and secure Mauro Biello’s side all three points.

The Galaxy had previously been unbeaten in nine games going into Saturday’s clash, and the Ivorian striker could not hide his delight with his goal and the result when speaking to after the final whistle.

"It was a good one for the confidence of the group," said Drogba, who now has five goals in eight games this season. "For the players, I think it's going to be something important.

"I just wanted to hit the target and hit the ball well, and that's what I did. I was lucky enough that the goalkeeper didn't keep it."

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Head coach Biello added: I know we had a lot of ties, but it came at the last minute, it was great. I think it's great for the team, for the morale, for the confidence.

“My dressing room was very vibrant after the game and that's important. It's important for us to continue to build and grow as a team, and this was a big win for us."

The win over LA moves the Impact up to third in the Eastern Conference after 13 games, having recorded five wins, four draws and suffered four defeats to leave them with 19 points – just one behind conference leaders the Philadelphia Union.

They now have a lengthy break for the group stage of the Copa America before resuming play on 19 June at Columbus Crew SC.

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