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Record-setting game with Lionel Messi goals, five assists vs. Red Bulls


Lionel Messi had a record-breaking night for Inter Miami.

He scored a goal and provided five assists as Inter Miami beat the New York Red Bulls 6-2 on Saturday night – the Argentine great and eight-time Ballon d'Or winner set three MLS records in the effort.

The six goal contributions, five assists and five assists are all MLS records.

Messi, who earned the MLS Player of the Month award in April, has now scored and assisted in six consecutive league matches.

Inter Miami came back from a 1-0 deficit at halftime with six unanswered goals as Luis Suarez scored three goals and Matias Rojas scored twice. Messi and Suarez now have a league-leading 10 goals, helping keep Inter Miami (7-2-3, 24 points) atop the Eastern Conference.

The win extended Miami's unbeaten streak to six. The streak began after a 4–0 defeat in New York on 20 April, in which Messi did not play due to injury.

Miami opened the scoring with Rojas' equalizer in the 48th minute. Messi centered a pass to Rojas whose left-footed shot went under the crossbar.

Suarez then fed a charging Messi with a touch pass to beat New York goalkeeper Carlos Coronel with a shot from 15 yards.

Rojas made it 3-1 with Messi's second goal in the 62nd minute.

Then in the 69th minute, Messi contributed to the first goal of former Barcelona teammate Suarez.

Suarez also struck in the 75th and 81st minutes before Emil Forsberg's penalty kick in stoppage time stopped the scoring for the Red Bulls (4-2-5, 17 points).

New York controlled possession early and eventually capitalized on a Miami defensive breakdown that resulted in a goal by Dante Vanzeire in the 30th minute. Jose Carmona raced deep down the right wing of the large area and blasted a shot that went wide of the far post. An unmarked Vanzeir recovered the deflection and converted from 15 yards.

Messi had the only scoring chance of the first half in the 24th minute, when Coronel blocked his shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Messi's former Barcelona team-mate Jordi Alba missed a third game in a row with a hamstring injury.

Both clubs will continue MLS play next Saturday. Inter Miami CF will visit Montreal while the Red Bulls will host New England.

Reporting by the Associated Press.

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