Lionel Messi scores, but Inter Miami’s unbeaten run ends in defeat to Atlanta United

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Behind a spectacular double of Saba LobjanidzeInter Miami’s eight-match unbeaten run came to an end with a 3-1 loss to Atlanta United. Lionel Messis The return to the show in Thiago Almada.

Almada’s return to base showed that the Herons’ defense is still a weak point and helped the Five Stripes pick up the pace and increase their strong defense. He was dealing with a calf injury that forced him to miss two games, but his presence at center helped free up Lobjanidze as Atlanta beat Miami 23-12 at home.

The final score shows how dominant Atlanta was, as they also won the expected goals battle with 3.51-0.80. Now without Nicolas Freire in defense after suffering an ACL injury during Miami’s win over DC United, the holes at the back are starting to show.

With players like Messi heading to the Copa America soon, Miami’s concerns will only increase. The Argentine could miss five games this summer and if the defense fails to stop good teams from scoring, the Herons will only slip in the Eastern Conference. With 34 points from 17 games played, they are only one point ahead FC Cincinnati and other teams like it New York City F.C and the Columbus crew have games in hand with which they can catch the crew of Tata Martino.

On the plus side, the summer transfer window will open soon and provide a chance for more reinforcements, but there will also come a point where Miami can’t bring in a new player to solve every problem they face. With another tough test against it St. Louis city SC coming this weekend, it’s a chance to show this game was a bump in the road instead of the start of a trend without Freire, while for Atlanta it shows the team should be in the mix for a conference title if they can find coherence.

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Giorgos Giakoumakis also made his return to the XI from the bench in the match, giving Gonzalo Pineda his full attack to work with again. But since Atlanta will also be missing players for the upcoming summer tournaments, points are critical now as they never know what summer will bring.

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