Gonzalo Higuain’s late goal lifts Inter Miami past Cincinnati

Gonzalo Higuain scored the winning goal in the 85th minute – shortly after the opposing team finished the game – and Inter Miami CF’s visit spoiled the celebration of the opening game for FC Cincinnati at TQL Stadium with a 3-2 win on Sunday.

After a 2-0 deficit, Cincinnati stormed back with the club’s first goal on a floater from Alvaro Barreal in the 59th minute. Nick Hagglund, originally from Cincinnati, headed the game from a corner after 82 minutes, much to the delight of the 6,000 spectators present.

However, Higuain took advantage of a tired FCC defensive line to convert a perfect Lewis Morgan cross into the box and give Miami (2-2-2, 8 points) the lead back. It was the second goal of the day and fourth of the season for Higuain as he helped Inter stop a stretch without a win in three games (0-2-1).

Miami were the early attackers, scoring Brek Shea’s goal seven minutes into the history of the new FCC field. Shea sneaked off Gregore into the near corner of the box, snuck in, and got enough of his right foot on the ball to steer it away from Cincinnati’s goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer.

Cincinnati had their moments in the first half, most notably from Barreal, who was behind the Miami defense but pushed the ball wide in the 37th minute. Shortly afterwards, Allan Cruz had stopped a direct attempt by Inter-keeper John McCarthy.

It was a minute later when Higuain, assisted by younger brother Federico, took advantage of a poor FCC defense to dribble his shot past a sliding Vermeer to make it 2-0.

Cincinnati have lost three times in a row after a 2-2 draw at Nashville SC.

– Field level media

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