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Messi, Suarez sit but Miami scores late to stun Philly 2-1

Despite being down to nine men, Inter Miami CF picked up a surprising 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union behind a stoppage-time goal from Leo Afonso Saturday (June 15) night in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Alonso’s match-winner, in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time, came with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez missing from the Miami lineup ahead of Copa America. Miami also saw David Ruiz and Tomas Aviles each sent off in the second half as both were shown their second yellow cards.

The loss by the Union (4-5-8, 20 points) sent them to a seventh straight winless result at home (0-5-2). Philadelphia has not won a match on home soil since March 30.

Missing leading scorers Daniel Gazdag and Julian Carranza, the Union opened the scoring in the third minute. Mikael Uhre got on the end of a ball from Jakob Glesnes, beat his defender, and fired it past Drake Callender for his sixth goal of the season as the Union took a 1-0 lead.

Without Messi and Suarez, Miami initially struggled to find a flow offensively, not being credited with a shot on goal — or a single shot, for that matter — until the 39th minute. But it broke through in the 47th minute as Julian Gressel ripped a right-footed effort past Oliver Semmle for his first goal of the season, tying the match at 1-1.

After seeing its ranks reduced to nine men — first as David Ruiz was shown his second yellow card in the 69th minute before Tomas Aviles picked up his own second caution in the 88th minute — Miami (11-3-5, 38 pts.) found an improbable winner through Afonso, snapping a brief two-match winless run in the process.

Miami also improved to 6-1-2 away from home with the victory.

(Reuters)

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