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updated: 9/11/2013 11:38 PM

Fire hurts playoff chances with draw

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  • Toronto FC's Ashtone Morgan, right, and Chicago Fire's Quincy Amarikwa battle for control of the ball during their 1-1 game Wednesday night.

      Toronto FC's Ashtone Morgan, right, and Chicago Fire's Quincy Amarikwa battle for control of the ball during their 1-1 game Wednesday night.
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TORONTO -- The Fire watched its playoff hopes take a hit Wednesday night as Robert Earnshaw scored midway through the first half to lift Toronto FC to a 1-1 draw with the Fire.

Dilly Duka put the Fire (10-11-6) ahead in the 20th minute with a looping ball that skipped over Mike Magee's foot and past goalie Joe Bendik, who was expecting Magee to redirect it.

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Earnshaw tied it three minutes later with his seventh goal, but first since June 15, and Toronto (4-13-11) extended its winless streak to six matches (0-3-3). However, Earnshaw left the game shortly afterward with a possible injury on the scoring play.

Earnshaw, who has missed time with a hamstring problem, did not launch his trademark somersault goal celebration and came off two minutes later after feeling the back of his leg.

Bendik also had to make a game-saving stop from close range in the 80th minute on a shot by former Toronto player Quincy Amarikwa.

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