Gerardo Martino Fury After Lionel Messi-less Inter Miami Thrashed By New York Red Bulls

Mar24,2024



Inter Miami coach Gerardo Martino criticized the mentality of his star-studded side after a shock 4-0 defeat by New York Red Bulls on Saturday. Miami, missing the injured Lionel Messi, burst onto the scene at New York's Red Bull Arena as former Inter player Lewis Morgan scored a spectacular hat-trick. While Martino accepted blame for the attack, the veteran coach pointed the finger at his players, including high-profile signings Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba.

After the defeat, Martino said, “There's not much to say, except that we were tied from start to finish.” “The Red Bulls had a desire to win and we had no desire to compete.

“When a team goes into a game without the desire to win, without emotion, without competition and the other side just wants to win the game, they will win it.”

Martino, meanwhile, refused to blame Messi's absence for the defeat, noting that the team had won 3-1 at DC United last week without the Argentine superstar.

“The absence of the best player in the world is important for everyone – but last week DC Leo didn't even play,” Martino said.

Earlier, former Miami player Morgan had thrashed Martino's side with a brilliant man of the match performance.

Scotland international Morgan, who arrived in Major League Soccer four years ago after stints with Celtic, St Mirren and Sunderland, gave New York the lead after just three minutes.

Meanwhile, depleted Miami barely created a chance in the opening 45 minutes, with a curling Suarez shot that went wide after 27 minutes as the most dangerous opportunity.

Morgan doubled New York's lead six minutes into the second half, making it 2–0 off a clever assist from Dante Wenger.

The Scottish forward was then instrumental in scoring New York's third on 66 minutes, showing tremendous effort to place the ball wide on the left before entering the area.

Wanzir assisted the cross and Venezuelan forward Viquelman Carmona got the finish.

Morgan completed his hat-trick four minutes later and thwarted a New York counter-attack after more good work from Weinzire.

Wanzir was once again involved, brushing aside a weak challenge from Noah Allen on the right and then curling a lovely low cross into the path of Morgan, who made no mistake.

The win moved New York level at 10 points apiece with Columbus Crew and Miami atop the Eastern Conference. Based on goal difference, Columbus is in first place, while Miami is in second place.

In other early MLS games on Saturday, the New England Revolution picked up their first point of the season after a 1-1 draw with Chicago Fire.

Nacho Gil's goal in first-half stoppage time earned a share of the points for the Revs, who fell behind to a Hugo Cuypers goal after 20 minutes.

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