Inter Miami and Austin FC faced off in a thrilling match on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at the DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The game was a roller coaster of emotions for both teams and their fans, as they witnessed four goals, two red cards, and a dramatic late winner.
The first half was dominated by Inter Miami, who took the lead in the 18th minute through a penalty kick by Gonzalo Higuaín. The Argentine striker calmly slotted the ball past Brad Stuver, who had fouled Robbie Robinson in the box. Inter Miami continued to press and create chances, but could not extend their lead before the break.
The second half started with a bang, as Austin FC equalized in the 49th minute through a stunning strike by Jared Stroud. The winger unleashed a powerful shot from outside the box that flew into the top corner, leaving John McCarthy with no chance. Austin FC gained momentum and confidence from the goal, and started to control the game.
Things got worse for Inter Miami in the 69th minute, when Gregore was shown a second yellow card for a reckless tackle on Diego Fagundez. The Brazilian midfielder had already been booked in the first half for a similar challenge on Alex Ring. Inter Miami were reduced to 10 men and had to defend for their lives.
However, they managed to regain the lead in the 80th minute, thanks to a brilliant individual effort by Lewis Morgan. The Scottish winger dribbled past two defenders and fired a low shot that beat Stuver at the near post. Inter Miami celebrated wildly, thinking they had secured the three points.
But Austin FC had other plans, and they equalized again in the 86th minute through Cecilio Domínguez. The Paraguayan forward headed in a cross from Jon Gallagher, who had made a great run down the right flank. Austin FC were ecstatic, and they smelled blood.
They completed their comeback in the 89th minute, when Domínguez scored his second goal of the game. He received a pass from Fagundez and slotted the ball past McCarthy with a cool finish. Austin FC went berserk, as they had turned the game around in dramatic fashion.
Inter Miami tried to salvage a point in stoppage time, but they suffered another blow when Ryan Shawcross was sent off for elbowing Domínguez in the face. The English defender had lost his temper and lashed out at his opponent, earning him a straight red card. Inter Miami ended the game with nine men and zero points.
The final whistle blew, and Austin FC celebrated their first ever away win in MLS history. They had shown incredible character and resilience to overcome a two-goal deficit and a hostile crowd. Inter Miami were left stunned and heartbroken, as they had squandered a golden opportunity to climb up the table.
The game was a classic example of how unpredictable and exciting MLS can be. It had everything: goals, drama, controversy, and passion. It was a game that will be remembered for a long time by both teams and their fans.
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