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Achara scores in MLS debut, Toronto beats NYCFC 1-0

March 8, 2020 GMT
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Toronto FC forward Ifunanyachi Achara (99) gestures to fans as he is taken out of the game during the last minutes of the second half of an MLS soccer game against the New York City FC in Toronto, Saturday March 7, 2020. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Toronto FC forward Ifunanyachi Achara (99) gestures to fans as he is taken out of the game during the last minutes of the second half of an MLS soccer game against the New York City FC in Toronto, Saturday March 7, 2020. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) — Nigerian rookie Ifunanyachi Achara scored in the 81st minute in his MLS debut to give Toronto FC a 1-0 victory over New York City FC on Saturday.

Alejandro Pozuelo swept the ball wide to Richie Laryea, whose cross deflected off defender Ronald Mataritta to the far corner of the goal for Achara to head it in.

Coach Greg Vanney reached 100th victories for Toronto FC in all competitions.

Toronto (1-0-1) had a goal by Achara and potential penalty waved off by video review in the first half.

NYCFC dropped to 0-2-0.