Real Salt Lake Vs. Montreal Impact, 2012 MLS: Paulo Jr. Penalty Hands RSL 1-0 Win

Real Salt Lake didn't play particularly well and the Montreal Impact did their best to beat RSL up, but it wasn't enough to change the expected outcome of the game. A handball by Justin Braun gifted Salt Lake a penalty, which Paulo Jr. buried, and the home side held on for a 1-0 victory in front of the rare midweek sellout crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium.

The handball came when Will Johnson flew across for a diving header. It was off a cross not long after a corner kick, so Braun was back in the box defending and Johnson's header caught his outstretched arm, prompting referee Ricardo Salazar to immediately point to the penalty spot. While Donovan Ricketts did guess correctly in diving to his left, Paulo Jr.'s shot was too good.

Up a goal, Salt Lake looked to add to their lead and they forced Ricketts into a few fine saves, but they couldn't get anything else. Paulo Jr. missed a chance to make it two and Fabian Espindola was wasteful, but RSL weren't particularly good anyway. It was a sloppy match for Jason Kreis' squad, but luckily, they were playing the woeful expansion Impact, who stuck with their regular "beat the piss out of them" gameplan, but didn't have much else to offer in the loss.

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