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Inter Miami
Major League Soccer
May 5, 2024 at 12.30am UK
Inter Miami CF Stadium
New York Red Bulls

Inter Miami
6 - 2
NY Red Bulls

Rojas (48', 62'), Messi (50'), Suarez (68', 75', 81')
Aviles (57')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Vanzeir (30'), Forsberg (90+7' pen.)
Tolkin (25'), Duncan (38'), Carmona (39')

Lionel Messi achieves record-breaking career first in Inter Miami rout

Messi achieves record-breaking career first in Inter Miami rout
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Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi produces a record-breaking performance in Saturday's 6-2 win against New York Red Bulls.

Lionel Messi enjoyed a record-breaking night in Inter Miami's 6-2 win over New York Red Bulls.

Despite falling behind in the 30th minute, the hosts managed to claim a comfortable victory in Saturday's clash at Chase Stadium.

Messi teed up Matias Rojas for Inter Miami's 48th-minute equaliser, before he put his own name on the scoresheet to turn the game in the home side's favour.

The Argentine produced an exquisite through-ball to present Rojas with the chance to slot home Inter Miami's third goal of the evening.

Messi then rolled back the years to link up with his former Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez, providing all three assists in the Uruguayan's 13-minute hat-trick.

Messi makes history

Former RB Leipzig attacker Emil Forsberg netted a late consolation for the visitors, but his penalty could not detract from a record-breaking night for Messi.

After being involved in all six of Inter Miami's goals, Messi registered six goal contributions in a game for the first time for club or country.

The 2022 World Cup winner also provided five assists in a single match for the first time in his career, taking his overall total for the season to 12 goals and 11 assists in 11 competitive appearances.

Messi has now racked up 23 goals and 16 assists in 25 matches since he joined the American club last summer.

Inter Miami CF forward Luis Suarez (9) smiles during a press conference on January 13, 2024© Reuters

Inter Miami leading the way

Like Messi, Suarez also enjoyed a memorable night, registering his 31st career hat-trick and his first three-goal haul since arriving from Gremio earlier this year.

The Uruguayan forward has scored 12 goals and contributed seven assists in his 15 competitive matches for Tata Martino's side.

As a result of Messi and Suarez's exploits, Inter Miami have registered 32 goals in 12 MLS games – 12 more than the next-best tally of the Portland Timbers.

Those goals have helped Inter Miami collect 24 points to leave them at the top of the Eastern Conference with a three-point advantage over FC Cincinnati.

Inter Miami will return to action next Saturday when they travel to Canada for a clash with Montreal at Stade Saputo.

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