Inter Miami FINALLY wins in MLS as Leonardo Campana double snaps six-game losing streak and hands under-pressure coach Phil Neville a vital victory over Columbus Crew
- Inter Miami recorded a first win since March 4 by defeating Columbus Crew
- Phil Neville proclaimed ‘the tide has turned’ after getting a vital three points
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Phil Neville can breathe a sigh of relief after his Inter Miami team snapped a six-game MLS losing streak with a 2-1 win over Columbus Crew.
Leonardo Campana is the man who Neville can thank for a vital three points – the striker scored twice in the first half to lead his team to victory.
He opened the scoring in the seventh minute but Cucho Hernandez eqaulized for Columbus only three minutes later.
But Campana hit the decisive goal four minutes before halftime as Miami held on for a win that eases the pressure on coach Neville.
‘I have no doubt that the tide has turned for us, in terms of we now have a group that is fighting and showing the spirit that they showed last season,’ Neville said after the game.
Inter Miami finally won to end a six-game losing streak in Major League Soccer on Saturday
Miami edged Columbus Crew to record the team’s first MLS victory since March 4
Phil Neville said that ‘the tide has turned’ for his team after recorded a much-needed win
Miami’s last MLS victory was on March 4 against Philadelphia Union.
The Crew, meanwhile, lost for the first time at home this season after three wins and a tie. They also had a 10-game home unbeaten streak dating to the end of last season.
Miami made quick work of two dubious marks with the opening goal. Inter, by scoring for the first time in four games, avoided any chance of setting an MLS record with four straight 1-0 losses as well as not tying Montreal’s league record of not scoring in the first five road matches in a season.
Campana was in his third match back from an injury that cost him the first six matches.
His first goal of the season came off a flicked header by rookie Benjamin Cremaschi in his first MLS start. Campana took the pass in stride to score on Patrick Schulte from the right side of the box.
The Crew responded shortly after with Lucas Zelarayan finding an unmarked Hernandez, who took two touches then ripped a shot from the left corner of the box to the far corner for his first goal of the season.
Campana made it 2-1with a header at the right post from a corner kick by Jean Mota.
The Crew suffered another blow to its backline when Australian World Cup defender Milos Degenek left in the 13th minute with a leg injury. Defender Will Sands sustained a season-ending knee injury during the previous game against Charlotte FC.
Degenek’s replacement, Philip Quinton, was beaten to the ball by Campana on his second goal.