Nashville scored early and often in Ft. Lauderdale, and despite a few flashes from Miami, the result seemed a foregone conclusion after the first half.
Mukhtar opened the scoring for Nashville after just six minutes, pouncing on an Alistair Johnston cross to fire home from close range. The in-form attacking midfielder made it a brace in the 48th minute, capitalizing on a spilled save from goalkeeper Nick Marsman before beating two defenders to finish into an empty net.
In between, Marsman was at the center of Nashville’s second goal. The Miami ‘keeper flapped at a cross from Johnston, which landed at the feet of Aníbal Godoy. Marsman attempted to come out and claim the ball but missed, leaving the goal gaping for Walker Zimmerman, who rose above Blaise Matuidi to head home.
Randall Leal added a fourth goal for Nashville in the 70th minute, and Johnston scored his first goal in a Nashville shirt during second-half stoppage time. Gonzalo Higuaín added a consolation goal for Miami with a finish worthy of his pedigree. But the result was never in doubt and ended in a resounding victory for the visitors.
- BIG PICTURE: Nashville responded emphatically after a disappointing loss to Toronto FC last weekend, scoring five goals in a match for the third time in 2021. It was less positive for Miami, who have conceded nine goals in their last two home matches and are once again outside of a playoff position.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Hany Mukhtar’s sixth-minute goal set the tone. Nashville's early lead opened the game up, and the three points seemed to be on the cards after the early strike.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Hany Mukhtar scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season, boosting his case to be included in the MVP discussion.