Lionel Messi Nets Two Goals as Inter Miami Triumphs over Nashville SC Once More

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Messi during an MLS encounter ( Credit: The New Yorker)

After conceding an early goal to Nashville SC, Inter Miami fought back for a 3-1 triumph on Saturday, securing consecutive victories. Franco Negri, making his first start since June of 2023 following an Achilles tear, was unfortunate to divert the ball into his own net just two minutes into the game.

However, the Herons swiftly responded as Lionel Messi equalized 11 minutes later before goalkeeper Elliot Panicco’s error gifted Miami a corner. From the resulting set-piece, Messi’s delivery found Sergio Busquets’ head, giving Miami the lead at halftime.

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Messi celebrates his goal during an MLS encounter (Credit: The Daily Beast)

The match underscored the importance of containing Messi and Luis Suarez for any team facing Inter Miami. Messi extended his influence with a second goal from the penalty spot late in the game after Leo Alfonso was fouled in the box. However, the injury to Diego Gomez in the first half will concern Tata Martino, as it further depletes their midfield options.

Despite creating promising chances in the first half, Nashville struggled to break down Miami’s resolute defense, particularly in the latter stages of the game. Martino’s side exhibited defensive solidity, conceding fewer expected goals in the second half compared to the first.

While not flawless, the defensive improvement is a positive sign for Miami, especially with the return of Negri and Benjamin Cremaschi, who made his first appearance of the season following hernia surgery.

Miami’s defensive progress bodes well for their upcoming Leagues Cup campaign, commencing on July 26th. Although Nashville can take some positives from the match, their defensive frailties continue to haunt them, with Walker Zimmerman’s return expected to bolster their backline.


By Brian Anderson

Hi myself Brian, I am a second-year student at Symbiosis Centre of Management Studies, Noida, pursuing a BBA degree. I am a multi-faceted individual with a passion for various hobbies, including cricket, football, music, and sketching. Beyond my hobbies, I possess a keen interest in literature, particularly fictional books, and channels my creativity into content writing. I am constantly exploring the realms of both business administration and the world of imagination through my diverse pursuits.

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