Lionel Messi draws a blank on his Inter Miami return but they scrape 1-0 win over DC United thanks to dramatic late winner

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By Max Winters

Published: 00:12 EDT, 19 May 2024 | Updated: 00:13 EDT, 19 May 2024

Lionel Messi was kept disconnected nan scoresheet for nan 2nd consecutive crippled but Inter Miami extended their unbeaten tally pinch a 1-0 triumph complete DC United connected Saturday night.

Leo Campana scored 4 minutes into 2nd half stoppage clip arsenic Miami avoided a 2nd consecutive scoreless draw. 

Campana, who entered nan lucifer a infinitesimal earlier, received a walk from Sergio Busquets connected nan correct helping and converted connected a changeable that landed wrong nan near post.


The triumph improved Eastern Conference-leading Miami to 9-2-4 pinch 31 points. DC United dropped to 4-5-5 and 17 points.

Miami person now won six and tied 3 since a chastening 4-0 nonaccomplishment astatine New York Red Bulls connected March 23.

Lionel Messi was kept disconnected nan scoresheet for nan 2nd consecutive crippled connected Saturday night

Leo Campana scored 4 minutes into 2nd half stoppage clip arsenic Miami hit DC United

Tightly-marked for astir of nan match, Messi was incapable to get connected nan scoresheet

Messi returned to nan lineup aft missing Wednesday's lucifer against Florida rivals Orlando because of knee soreness.

The Argentine prima guardant had astatine slightest 1 extremity and assistance successful 5 consecutive matches until a 3-2 triumph astatine Montreal May 11. Messi began Saturday pinch a league-leading 12 assists.

Tightly-marked for astir of nan match, Messi recovered a flimsy opening successful nan 71st infinitesimal but his changeable from 22 yards sailed precocious supra nan crossbar.

Miami goalkeeper Drake Callender preserved a cleanable expanse erstwhile he stopped a changeable from United's Jacob Murrell successful nan 86th minute.

The commencement of nan lucifer was delayed 25 minutes aft thunderstorms deed Chase Stadium earlier nan clubs' warm-ups. The rainfall intensified again soon aft kickoff past subsided successful nan 30th minute.

Messi had 2 free kicks blocked by a wall of United defenders successful nan 21st and 39th minutes.

Both clubs proceed their convention schedule adjacent Saturday, erstwhile Inter Miami visits Vancouver and DC United hosts Chicago.


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