Despite the loss, Messi’s Miami is on top

Despite the loss, Messi's Miami is on top

Despite the loss, Messi’s Miami is on top. Without Lionel Messi, Inter Miami suffered their first defeat of the Major League Soccer (MLS) season. However, at this rate, they did not have any deterioration in the points table.

Miami lost 3-2 against Montreal in an MLS match on Monday (March 11).

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Messi was not in the team’s squad that day. He watched the defeat of the team sitting in the gallery. Coach Gerardo Martino did not keep the two stars Luis Suarez and Sergio Busquets in the starting eleven. But Miami was not short of fight. Messi’s teammates dominated from start to finish. Unfortunately, two of their goals were disallowed for offside.

Montreal took the lead in the 13th minute of the match. Lassiter’s cross from the corner was headed into the box by Fernando Alvalez. Nine minutes later, Jordi Alba put the ball in Montreal’s net, but Miami could not return to parity. The goal was disallowed by the referee’s offside whistle.

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In the 41st minute, Robert Taylor failed to find the address despite controlling Gressel’s pass in the box. When his shot bounced off the bar, the Miami camp was filled with regret. That regret was doubled in the 59th minute when Leonardo Campana’s goal was also ruled out for offside. After 11 minutes, Campana overcame his frustration and found the goal. Lawson Sunderland took a gentle cross towards the box on the right flank. Campana found the address in the head. Miami returns to parity.

However, Matias Coccaro did not let Messi’s teammates rest for long. Cocaro gave Montreal the lead in the 75th minute, heading in Chinier’s free-kick from outside the D-box. Three minutes later, Sunusi Ibrahim put Miami back further. Martinez’s backpass in the box came forward and netted the Nigerian forward who came on the field a minute ago. Montreal leads 3-1.

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However, Alba’s goal in the 80th minute gave Miami the message to return to the fight. In the 66th minute, substitute Sergio Busquets took possession of the soft pass and Alba connected the ball to the net with a strong shot from outside the box. Luis Suarez, who came on in the 77th minute, entered the box in the 86th minute and took a shot at goal. But it goes out around the bar. In the end, Miami left the field with a 3-2 goal loss if they could not create any more opportunities.

However, despite this loss, Messi did not deteriorate in the points table. Miami is at the top of the MLS points table with 7 points after 4 matches with 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. Even with 7 points, Montreal is in second place due to the difference in goals.