NASHVILLE - Nashville SC attacked early and got out to a 2-0 lead going into halftime in its Audi MLS Cup Playoff match vs. Inter Miami CF on Friday night at Nissan Stadium.
Nashville controlled possession early on and found the back of the net on a world-class long-range strike from Randall Leal. He had plenty of space on the outside of the box and fired home a laserbeam to the top corner in the 14th minute.
Hany Mukhtar doubled the lead 10 minutes later in the 24th minute when he won a penalty with a foul by the Inter Miami keeper in the box. He converted the penalty with a blast to the right side of the net.
Inter Miami eased into possession as the half wore on, but was limited to just two shots, neither of which were on target.
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Starting XI: Joe Willis; Daniel Lovitz, Dave Romney, Walker Zimmerman, Alistair Johnston; Dax McCarty, Aníbal Godoy; Randall Leal, Hany Mukhtar, Alex Muyl; Jhonder Cádiz
Substitutes: Jalil Anibaba, Daniel Ríos, Eric Miller, Derrick Jones, Matt LaGrassa, Taylor Washington, Tah Brian Anunga, Elliott Panicco, Handwalla