Lionel Messiwho started as a substitute this Saturday, made his MLS debut with a goal in the 89th minute and Inter Miami celebrated their ninth win in nine games with the Argentine star by beating the New York Red Bulls 2-0 at home.
Messi came on in the 60th minute to fulfill the wishes of the thousands upon thousands of fans who packed the Red Bull Arena and didn’t stop chanting the name of the 10 Albiceleste all night.
The stadium in Harrison, New Jersey appeared to be Inter Miami’s DRV PNK.
After winning the League Cup and qualifying for the US Open Cup final, the pink team returned to the MLS this Saturday, where ahead of Messi’s arrival amassed a disastrous record of eleven straight games without a win (eight losses and three draws) and was eliminated at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
Now with a whole different dynamic, Inter Miami ended his losing streak thanks to a goal from Paraguayan Diego Gómez in the first part and Messi is already on the home stretch.
this is that Messi’s eleventh goal in nine games with Inter Miami.
For his first regular goal of the season for the club 🎉
— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) August 27, 2023
The team that leads With that, Gerardo “Tata” Martino took the first step towards a comeback in search of the MLS “playoffs”..
Inter Miami has 21 points after 23 games and is 11 away from the Chicago Fire, who have played 24 games and later visit the LA Galaxy.
I’m waiting for Messi
Martino had warned that some of his players needed rest. So Messi Sergio BusquetsJosef Martínez and Deandre Yedlin started the game on the bench.
With Jordy Alba and Robert Taylor drums the wings Utilizing the three-back system, Inter Miami started the game with personality without Messi up front, dominating the ball and locking in a New York team that had no problem conceding.
He was particularly succinct Alba, who supported the left wingwhile the Red Bulls tried the same with Luquinhas on the left.
With possession but lacking creativity in the last third, Inter Miami let the New York Red Bulls relax.
So, Dru Yearwood presented Omir Fernandez with a “Death Pass”.but the young American talent missed his shot as he almost sang the goal.
The goal that the New Yorkers missed was twice as expensive as in the following play Gómez was repelled by the right wing after a free kick in the penalty areaand put Inter Miami ahead by beating Carlos Coronel.
Leonardo Campana was close with some kind of scissors just before the break, but The game ended with 0:1 and after a final scare for the visitors as the referee awarded a penalty for a handball in the Inter-Miami area but the VAR corrected that decision.
The highlight of the revival was the Explosion of shouts and applause That was lived at the Red Bull Arena when Messi came on in a corner to warm up.
Exactly what happened on the green The local team was more ambitious and had several clear chances for the tie, but neither Barlow, Luquinhas, Amaya, nor Edelman were successful in a New York-dominated second half.
The situation didn’t change with the arrival of Messi and Busquets an Inter Miami that gave way and that he again showed signs of running on very little gas.
However, Messi’s magic showed in the final minutes.
It wasn’t with a direct free kick when all his fans in the stands were already licking their lips, but with an amazing triangulation with Cremaschi who left the ball to him to advance the goal at will and cap off a perfect evening for fans of the Argentine idol.
– Data sheet
0. New York Red Bulls: Colonel; Harper (Carmona, m.83), Reyes, Nealis, Tolkin; nobleman; Fernández (Cabezas, m.76), Yearwood (Stroud, m.46), Amaya (Burke, m.66), Luquinhas; Elias Manoel (Barlow, d. 46).
Coach: Troy Lesesne.
2. Inter Miami: Callender; Taylor (Yedlin, m.60), Aviles, Miller, Allen, Alba; Gómez (Robinson, M.84), Arroyo, Ruíz (Busquets, M.60), Farías (Cremaschi, M.72); and Bell (Messi, m.60).
Coach: Gerardo Martino.
Goals: 0-1, Min 37: Gomez. 0-2, 89 minutes: Messi.
Referee: Allen Chapman. He admonished Harper at the New York Red Bulls and Avilés at Inter Miami.
Incidents: MLS game at Red Bull Arena, Harrison in front of approximately 25,000 spectators (full capacity).