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MLS: Messi saves Miami with equalizer: draw in Los Angeles

MLS: Messi saves Miami with equalizer: draw in Los Angeles

In the second MLS game of the season, Inter Miami was once again unable to convince. With his equalizing goal, Lionel Messi barely avoided a defeat in Los Angeles.

Lionel Messi prevented Inter Miami from losing with his first goal of the season. The world champion from Argentina equalized in the second minute of stoppage time in the 1-1 (0-0) draw against Los Angeles Galaxy. As in the 2-0 opener against Real Salt Lake, Miami was very error-prone in defense and gave LA numerous good opportunities.

In the 11th minute, Ricard Puig missed a penalty kick caused by Sergio Busquets, and Drak Callender in the Inter goal made a strong save. In the end, Dejan Joveljic’s goal to make it 1-0 in the 75th minute was not enough for Galaxy, who conceded the equalizer when they were outnumbered after the yellow-red card for Mark Delgado (87th).

“It wasn’t an easy game, it could have ended differently. Especially with the penalty and the good chances in the first half. So it’s a bit lucky that we’re still playing 1-1,” said Franke Julian, who was born in Miami and plays for Miami Gressel of the German Press Agency. “But the individual quality makes a bit of a difference. It’s not easy to play in this league, on a Wednesday in Florida and then three days later after a six-hour flight on the other side of the continent.” Gressel is now a US citizen and national player.

Miami, with a total of four former FC Barcelona professionals, had a few small chances in the second half, but did not deserve the point. Against Inter co-owner David Beckham’s former team, Messi’s best scene until he scored was a long-range shot in the 59th minute.

Source: Stern

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