Lionel Messi scores twice as Nashville SC falls to Inter Miami

Lionel Messi scored twice to extend his Main League Soccer-leading complete to seven and likewise had an help to steer Inter Miami over Nashville SC 3-1 on Saturday night time.

Messi had his second two-goal recreation in MLS after scoring two in opposition to Orlando on March 2. He has a objective or help in every of the six league matches he is performed, lacking 4 due to harm.

Sergio Busquets scored his first objective with Miami since becoming a member of former Barcelona teammate Messi final summer season. Luis Surez, one other ex-Barcelona teammate, assisted on Messi’s first objective.

Very joyful that the objective helped the workforce win the match,” Busquets stated in Spanish. “What issues is the workforce and the victory. At this time, I managed to attain however the final accomplishments are the optimistic outcomes for our workforce.”

Miami (5-2-3, 21 factors) is unbeaten in 5 matches in opposition to Nashville since Messi’s arrival. Miami additionally remained in first place within the Japanese Convention.

“We grew to become very acquainted with their type of play and that helped us in the present day,” Miami defender Toms Avils stated.

For the second consecutive week, Miami allowed a objective within the opening minutes when an personal objective by Miami defender Franco Neri put Nashville forward. Neri deflected Daniel Lovitz‘s nook kick into the Miami web within the second minute.

That was the one objective for Nashville (1-6-1, 4).

Miami erased the early deficit with objectives from Messi and Busquets within the eleventh and thirty ninth minutes.

Nashville goalkeeper Elliot Panicco deflected Messi’s 12-yard shot to an open Surez, who instantly tapped it to Messi. With Panicco out of place, Messi transformed a sliding shot contained in the 6-yard field for the equalizer.

“We did not play good soccer through the first 10 minutes however that modified after Leo’s objective,” Inter Miami coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino stated. “We began discovering our house and created alternatives.”

Busquets scored the tiebreaker as he headed Messi’s nook kick to the close to publish previous Panicco. It was Busquets’ first objective since 2022, when he was with Barcelona.

Goalkeeper Drake Callender saved Miami forward when he made a diving deflection of Hany Mukhtar‘s 35-yard blast within the fifty fifth minute.

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Messi gave Miami a two-goal cushion, changing on a penalty kick within the 81st minute. Nashville’s Josh Bauer fouled Leo Alfonso on the sting of the penalty space then Messi beat reserve goalkeeper Joe Willis inside the correct publish.

Messi’s former Barcelona teammate Jordi Alba did not play due to a hamstring harm. Diego Gomez additionally exited after he sustained an ankle harm late within the first half. Martino stated Gomez will bear extra assessments to find out the severity of the harm.

Miami will go to New England subsequent Saturday, whereas Nashville hosts San Jose.

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