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Atlanta United Wins 2-1 vs. Inter Miami CF

October 27, 2021 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Atlanta United FC News Release


ATLANTA - Atlanta United defeated Inter Miami CF 2-1 Wednesday night in front of a crowd of 42,536 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. After going down a goal, Atlanta produced a pair of second-half goals from Designated Players Luiz Araújo and Josef Martínez to earn its first come-from-behind victory of the season and run its home unbeaten streak to six matches. With the win, Atlanta moved up to sixth place in the Eastern Conference and sits one point away from a top-four spot.

Miami took the lead after it was awarded a penalty in the 31st minute once video review determined goalkeeper Brad Guzan fouled Lewis Morgan as both players converged on a ball played into the box. Gonzalo Higuaín took the penalty and slotted it into the bottom left corner to give Miami the lead in the 32nd minute. Despite combining well in the attack and dominating possession, Atlanta trailed at the break.

However, Atlanta United equalized in the 59th minute off a set piece. Kelvin Leerdam pulled down Ezequiel Barco just outside of the 18-yard box inside the semi-circle and earned a yellow card. Marcelino Moreno and Araújo stood over the ball, but it was Araújo who took the shot, placing it between two defenders in the wall and sneaking it past Miami's Nick Marsman to tie the match.

Martínez appeared to give Atlanta the lead in the 71st minute when Moreno perfectly placed a cross from the right side where the Venezuelan emphatically headed it into goal, but he was called offside. Two minutes later, though, Atlanta took the lead for good.

Miles Robinson won the ball in the defensive half and immediately played a ball forward to start the attack. Brooks Lennon dribbled up the right side and found Araújo in the middle of the field. The Brazilian played an early through ball, threading it behind Miami's backline as Martínez split a pair of defenders to run on to it. Atlanta's front man coolly one-timed a low shot into the bottom right corner for his 11th of the season. It also marked Araújo's fourth assist of the year and Lennon's sixth.

Atlanta nearly added a third in the 78th minute when Moreno had a shot saved from close range on the right side and it skipped across the box to Araújo on the left side, who put a shot on goal from a tight angle, but it was blocked by Marsman and bounced off the left post before it was ultimately collected by Miami's keeper.

Guzan made a crucial save in the 89th minute to preserve the lead. Christian Makoun delivered a cross from the left side to Robbie Robinson where he had a free header at the edge of the six-yard box, but Guzan was quick to react and pushed it off the line with a diving save to his left.

Atlanta (12-9-10, 46 points) returns to action Saturday, Oct. 30 when it hosts Toronto FC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for its regular season home finale (6:00 p.m., Bally Sports South, Star 94.1, La Mejor).

MATCH INFO

Atlanta United 2, Inter Miami CF 1

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta, Georgia

STATS

Shots: 13-11 Atlanta

Shots on Target: 8-6 Atlanta

Corner kicks: 3-3

Fouls committed: 25-13 Miami

Offside: 4-2 Miami

Possession: 61-39 Atlanta

Passing Accuracy: 85-76 Atlanta

SCORING SUMMARY

MIA - Gonzalo Higuaín (penalty) 32' [HIGHLIGHT]

ATL - Luiz Araújo 59' [HIGHLIGHT]

ATL - Josef Martínez (Luiz Araújo, Brooks Lennon) 73' [HIGHLIGHT]

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

ATL - Anton Walkes (yellow) 21'

MIA - Nicolás Figal (yellow) 24'

MIA - Leandro Gonzalez Pirez (yellow) 37'

MIA - Jay Chapman (yellow) 55'

MIA - Kelvin Leerdam (yellow) 59'

MIA - Gonzalo Higuaín (yellow) 67'

ATL - Brad Guzan (yellow) 90+4'

ATL - Erick Torres (yellow) 90+5'

ATLANTA UNITED STARTING LINEUP

Brad Guzan ©; Anton Walkes (Marcelino Moreno - 46'), Alan Franco, Brooks Lennon, Miles Robinson, George Bello; Franco Ibarra, Matheus Rossetto; Ezequiel Barco, Josef Martínez (Erick Torres - 81'), Luiz Araújo (George Campbell - 90+1').

Substitutes not used: Alec Kann, Ronald Hernandez, Amar Sejdić, Jurgen Damm, Jake Mulraney, Tyler Wolff.

INTER MIAMI CF STARTING LINEUP

Nick Marsman; Nicolás Figal (Federico Higuaín - 72'), Leandro González Pirez, Brek Shea, Kelvin Leerdam, Christian Makoun; Rodolfo Pizarro (Robbie Robinson - 72'), Lewis Morgan (Indiana Vassilev - 65'), Gregore ©, Jay Chapman (Julián Carranza - 82'), Gonzalo Higuaín.

Substitutes not used: John McCarthy, Drake Callender, Ventura Alvarado, Sami Guediri.

OFFICIALS

Guido Gonzales Jr (referee), Nick Uranga (assistant), CJ Morgante (assistant), Marcos DeOliveira (fourth), Younes Marrakchi (VAR), Chantal Boudreau (AVAR).

ATTENDANCE

42,536

TEAM NOTES

Josef Martínez scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season

Luiz Araújo scored his third goal and recorded his fourth assist of the season

Brooks Lennon recorded his sixth assist of the season, second most on the team

Ezequiel Barco was fouled 12 times, tying the MLS single-match record

Atlanta tied a team record with 25 fouls


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