A Debut to Forget || Gonzalo Higuain Higuain Misses Penalty in Difficult MLS Debut For Inter Miami
Gonzalo Higuain endured a difficult debut as Inter Miami were beaten by Philadelphia Union in MLS on Sunday.
The former Juventus striker was making his first appearance for the side owned by David Beckham and as the A-List arrival there was a lot of expectation on his shoulders.
At 2-0 down and with 14 minutes remaining at Subaru Park, Higuain stepped up to take a penalty in a bid to get Inter Miami back into the game.
His right-footed strike flew over the top of the crossbar and there were huge cheers from the Philadelphia Union players before their celebrations spilled over into the face of the anguished Higuain.
Higuain skies the penalty kick 😳 pic.twitter.com/M5yZMMzpgI
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The Argentine then reacted angrily as Philadelphia defender Jakob Glesnes appeared to celebrate right in front of him, leading to a confrontation.
Miami head coach Diego Alonso said the club were “happy with his work”.
“I think that he showed he was in good condition,” Alonso added.
“Logically, he was going to need more games and with those games he’s going to prove more comfortable, he’s going to feel better. He was very eager to play.
“The penalty is a situation that could happen to any player – it could have been him, it could have been another player. We’re happy with his work and the work of the team and we need to continue to aim to perform better and minimise mistakes.”
Higuain has now failed to score with his past four penalty attempts in all competitions.
Inter Miami are currently 13th in the MLS’ Eastern Conference, level on points with bottom club DC United. Philadelphia are second, two points behind Columbus Crew.