Thursday, 21 September 2023 – 08:39 WIB
Miami – Lionel Messi finally returned as a starter when Inter Miami hosted Toronto FC in MLS, Thursday morning WIB, 21 September 2023. Previously, Messi was rested in the duel against Atlanta United.
However, Messi apparently did not appear fully. Inter Miami coach Gerardo Martino pulled Messi off in the 37th minute in the duel which was held at the DRV PNK Stadium.
Messi was replaced by Robert Taylor. Previously, in the 35th minute Jordi Alba was replaced by Noah Allen.
Inter Miami did not explain the reason for Messi’s replacement. However, this 36 year old player is suspected of being tired after playing busy matches with Inter Miami and the Argentine National Team.
Before being pulled out, Messi had a chance in the 23rd minute. Unfortunately, the seven Ballon d’Or winner’s kick failed to meet the target.
Without Messi’s presence on the field, Inter Miami was still able to win 4-0. They broke the deadlock in the 45+3 minute through a goal from Facundo Farias.
Inter Miami doubled the position in the 54th minute. This time, Robert Taylor scored a goal, using a pass from Noah Allen.
Inter Miami’s third goal came in the 73rd minute. This time, it was Benjamin Cremaschi who got his name on the scoreboard.
Inter Miami’s goal party ended in the 87th minute. Robert Taylor scored his second goal in this match.
This victory brought Inter Miami up one strip to 13th in the MLS Eastern Conference with 31 points from 28 matches. Meanwhile, Toronto FC is in 15th position or the bottom of the standings with 22 points from 29 matches.
Inter Miami: Drake Callender, DeAndre Yedlin, Sergey Krivtsov, Kamal Miller, Jordi Alba (Noah Allen 35′), Tomas Aviles, Sergio Busquets, Facundo Farias, Lionel Messi (Robert Taylor 37′), David Ochoa, Josef Martinez.
Toronto FC: Tomas Romero, Raoul Petretta, Michael Bradley, Sigurd Rosted, Kobe Franklin, Jonathan Osorio, Alonso Coello, Victor Vazquez, Lawrence Insigne, Deandre Kerr, Federico Bernardeschi.
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