November 6, 2017 / 1:04 AM / 5 months ago

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Toronto and Columbus advance to MLS Eastern final

(Updates with other Eastern game)

Nov 5 (Reuters) - Top-seeded Toronto FC advanced to Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference final on the away goals rule despite losing 1-0 to the New York Red Bulls in a tempestuous home leg of their semi-final on Sunday.

Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips scored the only goal of Sunday’s clash, during which Jozy Altidore and Sacha Kljestan were sent off for fighting, but Toronto progressed thanks to their 2-1 win in New Jersey last week.

Toronto will meet Columbus in the Eastern final, after the Crew escaped with a 4-3 aggregate victory over New York City FC.

The Crew took a seemingly comfortable 4-1 victory into the second leg at Yankee Stadium but the home side took a 2-0 lead with a first half David Villa penalty and 53rd-minute Andraz Struna strike.

Another goal would have eliminated the Crew, but they managed to hold out for the remainder of the match to scrape through.

Toronto midfielder Sebastian Giovinco and striker Altidore will miss the first leg of Eastern final.

Altidore and Bulls midfielder Kljestan, so often team mates for the United States, were shown straight red cards for violent conduct after an altercation in the tunnel at half-time.

The incident followed a previous dust-up a few minutes earlier for which both players were shown yellow cards.

Giovinco picked up a late yellow card, which means he will join Altidore on the sidelines for the first game against the Crew. (Reporting by Andrew Both in Tokyo, editing by Gene Cherry/Nick Mulvenney)

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