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Inter Miami defeats Orlando City while Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez restore the Barcelona magic.

Reminiscent of their Barcelona days, Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi masterfully orchestrated a football masterclass that left Orlando City reeling on a sunny afternoon in Fort Lauderdale.

The venue was Chase Stadium, where Suarez and Messi helped Miami maintain their unbeaten start to the MLS season by crushing their state rivals.

Suárez scored his first two goals in the league within the first 11 minutes of play, making an immediate impression on the MLS.
His predatory tendencies were on full display in the first goal, which came after a quick move from Messi that found Julian Gressel on the right. Suárez’s outstretched boot met Gressel’s accurate cross, guiding the ball into the net with clinical finesse.

Suárez did not stop at one goal; in a masterfully executed give-and-go with Gressel, he doubled his tally by gliding past defenders and slotting home with coolness.

Orlando City’s suffering was exacerbated in the second half when Messi added two goals of his own. Suárez’s attempt ricocheted off the crossbar for his first, which was a straightforward tap-in—a case of being in the right place at the right time. The Argentine maestro scored the second goal with a flawless header that pretty much sealed the outcome.

The fifth and final goal was scored by Robert Taylor, capping an impressive and commanding performance. The crucial contributions of players like Drake Callender, the goalkeeper who kept a clean sheet with two saves, and Gressel, who helped set up goals for Suárez, were hidden behind these big names. Their efforts made sure that Inter Miami performed effectively in addition to providing entertainment.

Conversely, Orlando City suffered a historic setback that was eerily similar to their 5-0 loss to New York City FC in July 2021. Their goalkeeper, Pedro Gallese, had a night he would never forget as he was powerless to stop Inter Miami’s constant barrage of attacks.