JAVIER HERNANDEZ came back to haunt Phil Neville last night with a double blast to ruin his debut as boss for David Beckham’s MLS newcomers Inter Miami.
Neville coached the Mexican striker at Old Trafford under David Moyes back in 2013.
Inter Miami manager Phil Neville urges the new team on in their MLS opener against LA GalaxyCredit: Getty
Proud owner David Beckham looks on as new club Inter Miami make their MLS bowCredit: Getty
Gonzalo Higuain celebrates a goal from Inter Miami strike-partner Robbie Robinson that the Argentine superstar himself set up – but Galaxy wrecked the partyCredit: AP
And the clinical frontman was on hand to bag a second half brace before Sacha Kljestan nabbed the winner as Nev’s opening day MLS party was well and truly pooped.
Goals from Robbie Robinson and Gonzalo Higuain twice put David Beckham’s team in front only for Hernandez to remind them both of his deadliness in front of goal before sub Kljestan sealed the deal.
It was a sweltering afternoon in South Florida but that didn’t stop Neville who was suited and booted – tie and all – for his big opener.
Close pal and Inter Miami owner Beckham was also decked out in his Sunday best in the posh seats as a crowd of 8,000 – plus a smattering of LA Galaxy fans – gave the newly named Drv Pnk Stadium its biggest attendance since opening last year just as the pandemic struck.
Nev was prowling the touchline barking out orders but the opening stages were nip and tuck with both sides enjoying plenty of possession without threatening either goal.
England and Man Utd legend David Beckham was as relaxed as they come before the gameCredit: Getty
Galaxy keeper Jonathan Bond can’t keep out the strike from Robbie RobinsonCredit: AP
Miami skipper Higuain forced LA keeper Jonathan Bond into a smart stop on 22 minutes while only a poor first touch from Hernandez soon after stopped the former Manchester United hitman from getting a shot on target.
Bond denied Higuain again on 31 minutes, a cracking curling shot from 18 yards was well saved as Becks’ boys began to turn up the heat.
And just moments before half-time Neville was punching the air in delight as Robinson rolled in his first ever professional goal to put the home side into the driving seat.
Rodolfo Pizarro fed Higuain and the ex- Real Madrid and Juventus star powered towards goal before squaring for Robinson who made no mistake from close range.
Nev and Becks were loving every minute and Robinbson almost made it two just after the re-start but on 61 minutes, Hernandez reminded both former Manchester United stars how lethal he can be, brilliantly turning and finishing past John McCarthy.
It didn’t take long for Beckham to start celebrating once again with friends and family though as Higuain rolled home from the spot after Mexican ace Rodolfo Pizarri was brought down in the box.
But that man Chicarito popped up again soon after to tap in following some poor defending from the home side before Kljestan struck to leave Nev with plenty to think about ahead of next weekend’s trip to Philadelphia.
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