Inter Miami, without Messi and with two red cards, wins a strong-willed victory

Football news 16 june 2024, 02:05
Robert Sykes Dailysports's expert Robert Sykes
Inter Miami, without Messi and with two red cards, wins a strong-willed victory Photo: / Author unknown

Last night, in an MLS regular season match in Chester, Philadelphia Union faced Inter Miami.

The visiting team was missing two star players. Out of the four former Barcelona players, only Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba took the field. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were on international duty and missed the match.

The match began with a quick goal from Philadelphia. A mishap from Inter Miami on their own half led to a counter-attack by the hosts and a goal. The first half ended with a narrow lead for the home team.

The second half also began with an early goal, but this time by the visitors. Julian Gressel received a pass in the penalty area and accurately sent the ball into the net. The match continued with a tied score, which remained almost until the end. However, in the first minute of added time, Gerardo Martino brought on Leo Afonso, who scored the winning goal just three minutes later.

It's also worth noting that Inter Miami finished the match with a numerical disadvantage. Philadelphia's eleven players faced only nine opponents. David Ruiz left the field in the 69th minute after receiving a second yellow card, and a similar situation occurred with Tomas Aviles in the 84th minute.

Philadelphia Union – Inter Miami 1:2
Goals: Uhre 3’ – Gressel 47’, Afonso 90+4

Inter Miami continues to lead the Eastern Conference, but Cincinnati is close behind, just two points adrift and with two games in hand.

Lionel Messi has dropped to third in the top scorers list, trailing the leader by four goals, while Luis Suarez rounds out the top five with the same number of goals as his teammate.

The legendary Argentine remains the top assist provider of the tournament with fourteen assists, but Luciano Acosta of Cincinnati is just one assist behind.

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