LAFC may be accustomed to playing in front of the Los Angeles spotlight, but Lionel Messi and Inter Miami had famous personalities packing BMW Stadium to see them in the city, stealing the show with a 3-1 victory.
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Fernando Fariñas opened the scoring in the 14th minute, and Messi assisted in Jordi Alba and Leonardo Campana’s goals in the second half, helping Inter Miami secure three points against the current MLS champions.
In the first 45 minutes, it seemed like LAFC did everything but score, as Dennis Bauanga missed several chances in front of the net, sometimes thwarted by Inter Miami’s goalkeeper Drake Callender and others due to his poor finishing. Fariñas’ solo effort during playtime was in stark contrast, and at halftime, Steven Cherundolo may have felt that his moment was coming.
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However, after the break, Inter Miami gained even more influence, and once again profited as Messi provided a sensational pass to Alba to double the lead. Then, Messi lent a hand in the third and final goal, as Inter Miami shut the door with a goal from Campana in the 83rd minute.
The three points give Inter Miami a big lift in the lower half of the Eastern Conference; they now have 25 points overall, and although they are still in 14th place, they are only eight points out of the postseason picture. Seattle Sounders have surpassed LAFC to occupy third place in the Western Conference, but LAFC still has a chance to win.
Sporting News covered the LAFC vs. Inter Miami match live, providing score updates, commentary, and highlights below.