It was none other than Nani who scored the game-winner in the seventh minute of stoppage time that led Orlando City to a 2-1 win over Inter Miami CF in the first match of the MLS is Back Tournament on Wednesday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
In the league’s first game in 122 days, Inter Miami (0-0-3) went up early on a Juan Agudelo goal but a mixed effort from Chris Mueller and the Portuguese star gave Orlando their first win in series history. The game was competitive throughout and had late drama that is one of the reasons why people love sports. Tonight, Inter Miami was just on the wrong side of that late drama.
While both teams looked rusty to get out the gate, Agudelo got Miami on the score-sheet first, in the 47th minute after Lewis Morgan, Matias Pellegrini, and Victor Ulloa quick passing created a tap-in opportunity for the MLS veteran.
Shortly after, Miami’s Andres Reyes was struck in the neck by an opponents’ arm. Reyes was carted off the field by a stretcher and his condition remains unknown as of Wednesday night.
In the 70th minute, Orlando City’s Chris Mueller was able to convert a Nani cross into a goal to equalize the score.
Nani completed Orlando City’s comeback in the 7th minute of stoppage time after a bouncing ball fell at his feet at the edge of the six-yard box.
Inter Miami’s biggest chance in the first half appeared in the 9th minute of the match. Pellegrini played a beautiful cross to Agudelo that should have put in the back of the net.
The only shot on target of the first half belonged to Chris Mueller, who had a one versus one breakaway opportunity that was saved tremendously by Luis Robles.
The biggest chance after the equalizer for Inter Miami came in the last minute of added time when Jay Chapman nearly converted a Lee Nguyen corner.
Inter Miami is off to an 0-3 start to its inaugural season. Miami’s next game is against Chicago Fire FC on July 14 at 9 a.m. on ESPN