Inter Miami CF Dominates Toronto FC with 4-0 Victory at DRV PNK Stadium
By Michael Franca and Mauricio Venegas
Wednesday, Sep 20, 2023, 08:46 PM
In a stunning display of dominance, Inter Miami CF (9W-15-4D, 31 points) secured a resounding 4-0 win over Toronto FC at DRV PNK Stadium. Facundo Farías, Robert Taylor, and Benjamin Cremaschi were the heroes of the night, each contributing a goal to secure the home victory.
Inter Miami’s lineup featured Drake Callender in goal, and a formidable defense comprising DeAndre Yedlin, Tomás Avilés, Sergii Kryvtsov, Kamal Miller, and Jordi Alba. The midfield was led by Sergio Busquets, David Ruiz, and Farías, with captain Lionel Messi and Josef Martínez forming a potent attacking duo.
Thrilling Match Action
The game kicked off with an early chance for Martínez, showcasing Inter Miami’s intent to press high and aggressively.
Throughout the first half, both teams had their moments, with substitutions keeping the pace dynamic. However, it was the hosts who struck first just before halftime. Substitute Noah Allen delivered a cross into the box, leading to a spectacular volley from Farías, putting Inter Miami ahead 1-0. This marked Farías’ third goal in six MLS matches.
The second half saw Inter Miami extend their lead with Taylor’s sensational finish. Allen provided a simple pass to Taylor at the corner of the box, and the Finnish winger displayed exceptional skill, evading defenders and firing a precise shot into the far post to make it 2-0. Taylor’s goal marked his third in MLS and seventh overall this season.
The home team continued their onslaught in the 73rd minute when substitutes Leonardo Campana and Benjamin Cremaschi combined to create an attacking opportunity. Cremaschi’s precise strike from a tight angle made it 3-0. Cremaschi had now secured his second MLS goal of the season.
Taylor was not to be outdone, completing his brace in the 87th minute. Farías provided a clever pass inside the box, allowing Taylor to unleash a powerful right-footed strike into the net’s roof, sealing a convincing 4-0 lead for Inter Miami.
The scoreline held until the final whistle, marking Inter Miami’s ninth consecutive unbeaten match at DRV PNK Stadium across all competitions.
Head coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino commented on the victory, stating, “After a loss, what you want is to recover as quickly as possible. Fortunately, we recovered with today’s game.”
Heineken Star of the Match
Substitute Robert Taylor shone brightly, earning Heineken Star of the Match honors. Taylor’s remarkable performance included a brace and an assist, playing a pivotal role in Inter Miami’s triumphant 4-0 victory at DRV PNK Stadium.