Atlanta United FC versus. Inter Miami CF – Football Match Report – September 29, 2021 – ESPN
Josef martinez scored his 100th career goal from a 78th-minute penalty, leading the Atlanta united fc to a 1-0 win over the tour Inter Miami CF Wednesday, moving the hosts above the playoff line in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer.
Martinez became the fastest player in MLS history to reach 100 goals, reaching his 125th game. The old mark was owned by Robbie Keane, who scored 100 goals in 156 games for the The Galaxy.
The goal also saw Martinez become the fifth player in MLS history to score his first 100 goals with a single club. He has 14 goals this season.
Atlanta United (10-8-9, 39 points) earned their eighth victory in the last 10 games.
Inter Miami (9-12-5, 25 points) saw their dented playoff push taking a third straight loss.
With the cushion provided by Martinez, who was substituted in the 89th minute, the Atlanta defense did the rest, preventing Inter Miami from creating a late threat.
Ahead of Gonzalez Pirez’s penalty, both clubs flirted with the goal but missed out on several opportunities.
Inter Miami’s first big threat came in the 14th minute when the midfielder Blaise Matuidithe goal scoring attempt was stopped by Atlanta United Miles robinson. The defense continued to dominate the first half before the two Atlanta forwards Luiz Araujo and Martinez were unable to convert shots at point blank range in the 36th minute.
Robinson failed to get Miami on the scoreboard in the 42nd minute when his shot on goal was wide, which provided the last scoring opportunity of the first half.
Atlanta United struggled to establish any kind of attacking groove until the last third of the game, when they started to press the Inter Miami defense, setting the stage for Martinez’s historic goal.