Mukhtar Scores 2 Goals, Nashville Beats Miami 5-1

Inter Miami defender Kieran Gibbs, left, and Nashville defender Alistair Johnston vie for the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Inter Miami defender Kieran Gibbs, left, and Nashville defender Alistair Johnston vie for the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Hany Mukhtar scored two goals to reach 12 on the season and Nashville beat Inter Miami 5-1 on Wednesday night.

Nashville (11-3-11), coming off its third loss of the season, avoided dropping back-to-back games for the first time this year. Miami (9-11-5) has lost consecutive games following a six-match unbeaten run.

Mukhtar scored in the sixth minute. Alistair Johnston settled Dax McCarty’s pass inside the 18-yard box and sent it over the defense for Mukhtar’s one-touch redirection at the far post. In the 48th, Mukhtar raced to a loose ball at the penalty spot, took a touch and sent it into the empty net for a 3-0 lead.

Mukhtar is tied for fourth in scoring, trailing D.C. United's Ola Kamara by four goals for the Golden Boot award.

Walker Zimmerman made it 2-0 in the 39th minute. Miami goalkeeper Nick Marsman came out of his area for a loose ball, but Aníbal Godoy got to it first and sent it across the goal Zimmerman's header.

Miami scored in the 64th when Gonzalo Higuaín finished a give-and-go with Rodolfo Pizarro. But Nashville answered six minutes later on Randall Leal's goal.

Johnston capped the scoring in stoppage time.

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