Inter Miami CF

Inter Miami CF Falls Against FC Cincinnati

October 7, 2023 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
Inter Miami CF News Release

MIAMI - Inter Miami CF (9W-17L-6D, 33 points) fell 0-1 against FC Cincinnati at DRV PNK Stadium on Saturday night. With the loss, the team's playoff push came to an end mathematically.

"We should have taken the lead in the first half, and from my point of view, talking specifically about fútbol, we had one of the best first halves we've played recently and were better. The second half was another story," said head coach Gerardo 'Tata' Martino. "Now we need to work on what lies ahead... we need to be precise and solid when analyzing how prepared we are heading into next season."

Drake Callender started in goal; Sergii Kryvtsov, Kamal Miller and Tomás Avilés formed a back three with DeAndre Yedlin and Noah Allen playing as wingbacks; David Ruiz, Sergio Busquets and Benjamin Cremaschi started in midfield; Facundo Farías and Josef Martínez led the team in attack.

Inter Miami kicked off the match with a dynamic attacking performance creating numerous opportunities throughout the half, while also defending stoutly on the other end of the pitch.

Notably, Inter Miami hit the woodwork three different times during the first 45 minutes, with an acrobatic attempt from Avilés in the ninth minute, a shot from the edge of the box from Martínez in the 22nd minute and a finish from Cremaschi inside the box in the 24th minute being inches away from giving the hosts the go ahead goal. Despite the team's persistence in attack the match went into the half scoreless.

The second half presented a more even matchup, with Inter Miami having to intervene more defensively. Callender came up big several times throughout the half; the goalkeeper notably reacted quickly inside the box to stop back-to-back attempts from Santiago Arias and Aaron Boupendza in the 50th minute.

Inter Miami then made a double substitution in the 55th minute to spark the team's attack, with captain Lionel Messi and midfielder Jean Mota replacing Avilés and Ruiz. The appearance marked Messi's return after last playing in the win against Toronto FC on Sept. 20.

It was Cincinnati, however, that found the opener. The visitors took the lead in the 78th minute through a goal from Álvaro Barreal.

Despite the team's efforts throughout the remaining minutes, the 0-1 scoreline remained unmoved. With the loss Inter Miami's hopes of advancing to playoffs came to an end.

Next Inter Miami will have a bye week before hosting Charlotte FC at DRV PNK Stadium at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 18 in the team's second to last match of the 2023 regular season.

Scoring Summary:

CIN - Álvaro Barreal 78'

Misconduct Summary:

CIN - Obinna Nwobodo (Yellow Card 27'), Roman Celentano (Yellow Card 84')

Lineups / Substitutions:

Inter Miami CF - GK Drake Callender; D DeAndre Yedlin © (Robert Taylor 76'), Sergii Kryvtsov, Kamal Miller, Tomás Avilés (Lionel Messi 55'), Noah Allen; M David Ruiz (Jean Mota 56'), Sergio Busquets, Benjamin Cremaschi; F Facundo Farías; Josef Martínez (Nicolás Stefanelli 75')

Unused Substitutes - GK CJ dos Santos; D Ryan Sailor; M Dixon Arroyo, Victor Ulloa; F Robbie Robinson

FC Cincinnati - GK Roman Celentano; D Nick Hagglund, Matt Miazga, Ian Murphy; M Santiago Arias, Obinna Nwobodo, Junior Moreno (Yuya Kubo 65'), Álvaro Barreal (Bret Halsey 81'), Luciano Acosta (Malik Pinto 88'); F Sergio Santos (Aaron Boupendza HT), Brandon Vazquez (Dominique Badji 88')

Unused Substitutes - GK Alec Kann; D Yerson Mosquera; M Marco Angulo, Gerardo Valenzuela

Details of the Game:

Date: October 7, 2023

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Stadium: DRV PNK Stadium

Attendance: 20,344



MIA - 61.6%

CIN - 38.4%


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CIN - 13


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CIN - 2


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CIN - 5


MIA - 12

CIN - 14

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