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Lionel Messi during the match on Saturday. Photo: Michael Laughlin / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 05.05.2024 09:05:08

Sport: Messi’s five assists all came in the second half of the match. That many assists by a single player in the same half has never happened before in the North American league.

Nor has a player been involved in six goals in the same half. Messi managed that too in what were 45 sparkling closing minutes of Inter Miami. The New York Red Bulls led 1-0 at the break, but then got the hat fit.

Luis Suárez scored three goals and a real hat-trick in 12 minutes. Matias Rojas, on his part, scored twice, while Messi accounted for the last goal.

Sweden’s Emil Forsberg scored a consolation goal for New York just before full time.

Messis now has 10 goals and 12 assists in eight league games so far this season.

– What we have seen today naturally surprises people, because you never see things like that in football, said Luis Suarez about his friend Messi’s five assists.

– But as a teammate and someone who knows him, there is nothing that surprises me about him, added the Uruguayan.

37-year-old Suarez has scored ten goals in 11 league games for Miami.

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