Universitario faced Inter Miami, Lionel Messi’s new team, in 2022.
Lionel Messi will be presented today as a new player for Inter Miami of Major League Soccer (MLS). This event will start at 7:00 p.m. in Peru and will take place at the DRV PNK Stadium, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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In that sense, the new “Flea” club, which is currently not doing well in the United States championship, has a history with a national team. It is about University, which he faced in a friendly more than a year ago.
This happened exactly on January 26, 2022. The ‘U’, at that time led by Edgardo Adinolfi, Gregorio Pérez’s assistant, who replaced the latter after he suffered a heart problem, was preparing to face phase 2 of the Copa Libertadores and Liga 1.
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The Uruguayan sent the following eleven onto the field: Diego Romero in goal; Guillermo Larios, Federico Alonso, Piero Guzmán, Nelson Cabanillas in defense; Gerson Barreto, Ángel Cayetano, Alfonso Barco, Rafael Guarderas in midfield; Joao Villamarín and Luis Urruti as attack duo.
The United States team also had an Argentine star that year. Forward Gonzalo Higuaín, who came from Chelsea and stayed for three seasons before retiring. The ‘Pipa’ was the captain of said group.
Gonzalo Higuaín played 70 games, in which he scored 29 goals, with the Inter Miami jersey.
The game started in the worst way for the ‘creams’. At minute 19, an Inter Miami player crossed and full-back Nelson Cabanillas, in his eagerness to reject, ended up putting the ball into his own goal. Own goal by a member of Ate’s squad.
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Then, when it was thought that the first half would end 1-0, the 20-year-old, Ian Fray, drove the ball past the ‘merengues’ passive brand, passed between four rivals, entered the area and defined before the doubt of the Goalkeeper Diego Romero.
The other two goals came in the complementary stage. The third of the ‘rosados’ was a great goal. Harvey Neville dribbled past Guillermo Larios and nailed it into the corner. Finally, Ethan Hardin decreed the 4-0 win in favor of David Beckham’s team.
After the painful defeat, the coach Edgardo Adinolfi and the captain Federico Alonso gave statements and justified the result due to the loss of players. “We are preparing for the championship. We had many absences and we came to show our faces, ”said the central defender.
“We come from a difficult week with several soccer players with health issues, some in the national team and Panama. We had a lot of problems putting the squad together”, said the coach.