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Inter Miami 2-2 Charlotte FC Player Ratings – it was a full throttle game in Fort Lauderdale, the visitors needed a win to have destiny in own hands. They were intense from the start, employing a man marking system that unsettled The Herons, as Lionel Messi watched from the stands.
The game burst into life just before halftime, Kerwin Vargas set up Enzo Copetti before another South American, Nico Stefanelli, equalised in stoppage time.
The Crown were best out the blocks after the break, Vargas tucked away a low cross to put them ahead. Kahlina smothered Miami’s best efforts in a great showing from the Croatian veteran.
However, the pink wave eventually battered down the door, Robbie Robinson profited from a static defence to tap in and secure a point for the home team.
Inter Miami 2-2 Charlotte FC Player Ratings
17′ – Referee reverses his penalty awarded to Charlotte FC for an alleged handball by Kamal Miller after VAR sends him to monitor
21′ – Sergio Busquets receives a yellow for a high boot on Enzo Copetti
27′ – Diego Gómez fires just wide from inside the box after a great run by Facundo Farias
45′ – (Goal) Enzo Copetti glances in a pinpoint Kerwin Vargas cross to open scoring
45’+6′ – (Goal) Nico Stefanelli ghosts in at the back post to trun in Avilés’ teasing cross that beat everybody
48′ – Dejaeghere with the first chance of the second half, Callender saves well low down
49′ – Gregore, the most booked player in the last two seasons, gets a yellow
53′ – (Goal) Dejaeghere bursts down right, finds Jozwiak who crosses to Vargas who makes it 2-1
55′ – Kahlina big save as Stefanelli almost gets his second, great build up
57′ – Kahlina again! Fantastic save as Allen was clean through
69′ – Bronico booked for stopping Jordi Alba making a break
77′ – Avilés the latest to see a card, drawn by Copetti
83′ – (Goal) Robbie Robinson poaches the equaliser meeting Campana’s cross
92′ – Robinson almost the hero, latched onto Busquets ball but Kahlina stops again
Star Man – Kerwin Vargas – 8/10
The young Colombian showed all aspects of his game, despite only playing for 64 minutes. In the early exchanges he was needed defensively and won all his tackles and more than half his duels.
As spaces began to open up the 21-year-old gave us a taste of his potential, befuddling Yedlin with a shimmy before placing a perfect cross on Copetti’s head.
In the second period he got his fourth goal of the season, arriving at the back post and finishing accurately. His incisive moments of quality made the difference in the match.
The footwork from Vargas 🤌
The header from Copetti 🙌 pic.twitter.com/u9tU7Grcuh
— Charlotte FC (@CharlotteFC) October 19, 2023
Inter Miami Player Ratings
Drake Callender 6/10 – shot stopping good but average distribution
DeAndre Yedlin 6.5/10 – good range of passing when not pressured
Tomás Avilés 6/10 – joined attack for goal, effective
Kamal Miller 6/10 – Jekyll and Hyde, solid but sloppy in possession
Noah Allen 6/10 – fluffed his lines in front of goal
Gregore 6/10 – still getting up to speed after injury
Sergio Busquets 7/10 – progressed ball well, eight passes in final third
Diego Gómez 6/10 – rusty on return from injury
Facundo Farías 6/10 – full marks for effort, but lacked quality
Nicolás Stefanelli 7/10 – Had ball in net twice, one counted
Leonardo Campana 7.5/10 – won the most duels, got an assist, always a handful
Jean Mota 6/10 – kept things ticking over
Jordi Alba 6.5/10 – straight back into thick of it
Robbie Robinson N/A
David Ruiz N/A
Charlotte FC Player Ratings
Kristijan Kahlina 7.5/10 – pulled off some great saves to keep his side in game
Nathan Byrne 7/10 – Was the reason for Farias’ lower rating
Adilson Malanda 6.5/10 – not the best positioning but good recoveries
Andrew Privett 6/10 – struggled with Campana’s physicality
Jaylin Lindsey 6/10 – poor on the ball
Brandt Bronico 6/10 – Faded as game went on
Ashley Westwood 7/10 – Kept Gómez quiet and created chances
Kerwin Vargas – 8/10 – great footwork for assist, scored the winner
Kamil Jozwiak 7/10 – constant energy, positive runs troubled hosts
Brecht Dejaeghere 7/10 – bright start to second half brought about goal
Enzo Copetti 7.5/10 – well taken goal, defended at set pieces too
Justin Meram 6/10 – not the same effect as Vargas on left
Karol Świderski 6.5/10 – incessant in attack
Scott Arfield N/A
Inter Miami 2-2 Charlotte FC Player Ratings: The final word
Full credit to Inter Miami who didn’t look like a team with nothing left to play for, the hosts honest approach made this a great game for the neutral. Charlotte FC will feel like two points dropped having led for much of the second half.
It has been a dramatic season at the DRV PNK Stadium and this was a fitting way to end the year in South Florida. Both sides meet again on Decision Day, Charlotte FC must win and hope others slip up to make the postseason.
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