A tough blow for Inter Miami CF, who in all fairness secured a 3–1 victory, much to the dismay of over 17,000 fans, despite the great atmosphere present against their neighbors Orlando City SC at the DRV PNK Stadium on Saturday, 20 May. In attendance to cheer on the pink team.
Ercan Cara (19′), Martin Ojeda (68′) and Rafael Santos (86′) scored for Orlando, while Leonardo Campana (57′) scored for Inter.
Despite having 61 percent possession, Miami was an all-time low to the Orlando team that shot 11-6 and better (4-2 between three sticks), but above all it was knowing what to do with the ball and when. No. Scored three undisputed goals.
Inter, on the other hand, had only two shots between the three sticks, the work of two Ecuadorians: striker Campana, who had a goal and the other was a fine long shot by midfielder Dixon Arroyo, which was well saved by Peruvian goalkeeper Pedro Gallese. Had given.
With the loss, Inter (5-0-8) fell to 13th position (second from last) in the table with 15 points; While Orlando (5-4-4) moved up to 7th place in the Eastern Conference with 19 points.
Miami coach Phil Neville employed a 5–2–3 that did not work and had to be traded with Drake Callender; DeAndre Yedlin, Chris McVey, Sergey Krivstov, Kamal Miller, Franco Negri; Arroyo, Benjamin Cremaschi; Coco Jean, Campana and Joseph Martinez.
Neville said, “We had a few chances but we struggled with passing, we were controlling the game, but a lack of focus on goal punished us.” “We dominated but we lacked effectiveness, we lacked patience in attack. We are disappointed with what happened in these last matches. We dominated but we lacked concentration.
Inter did not have a strong midfield and therefore did not generate the football, neither forward nor behind. He had more of the ball but in his own half and hardly posed any threat. The game of forgetting
The first half ended 1–0 in favor of Orlando, who, despite having more ball possession (59%), were better than Inter with five shots on goal. It sounds unbelievable, but it’s true, the Miami team that bet too much on the pitch the second time around didn’t score a goal in the entire first half, which was a clear sign that it wasn’t playing well…
The first 10 minutes were very quiet, like studying. With Miami dominating (60%) and without a shot on goal by either team until the 10th minute, Orlando’s first warning came in the form of a header over the crossbar by Erkan Kara.
And when Cara came back on 19′ it was serious. A long throw-in from Cesar Araújo hit the net to make it 1–0 in favor of Orlando. It was the prize for the greatest incendiary face off the rival goal.
Miami continued without scoring and controlling the game, and in the 33rd minute, Neville replaced Nico Stefanelli for Sergiy Krivstov, and although Miami improved on the score, they did not advance, especially because they scored a goal on goal. Didn’t even hit the bar. The first 45 minutes ended with more pain than glory.
On minute 57, as the game entered a boring trance, Campana received a ball from Martínez on the edge of the area, and after a cut towards the centre, he took it with his left foot to take a shot from the balcony of the area. adjusted. into the right corner and thus leveled the score at 1–1 in Inter’s only shot on goal so far in the game.
Then, on 62′, Galles took a superb shot from Arroyo, but with Inter playing at their best, Orlando’s strike came on 68 minutes.
Ojeda beat the back of the Miami defense and after taking a great pass from Cara he advanced and fired a left footed finish past Callender to put Orlando up 2–1.
On 75′ Robert Taylor came on for Coco Jean and then on 83′ Ryan Sailer came on for Miller, Harvey Neville for Yedlin and Ian Frye for Kremsky, the team saw no improvement. .
And that on 86′, after the ball curled around the edge of the area, Orlando defender Rafael Santos sealed the match with a left-footed shot to the right of Callender from the top of the area, marking the final 3-1. Put .
The final minutes were pure formality, with Miami players not seen going for the tie and Orlando not taking much risk, confining itself to ensuring victory.