Phil Neville handed first victory as Inter Miami boss after his side beat Philadelphia Union

Phil Neville gets his first win as Inter Miami boss as they fight back to beat Philadelphia Union thanks to goals from Gonzalo and Federico Higuain – the first brothers to EVER score in the same MLS match

  • Inter Miami beat Philadelphia Union 2-1 on Saturday in Major League Soccer
  • It was Phil Neville’s first victory as the manager of David Beckham’s MLS club
  • Brothers Gonzalo Higuain and Federico Higuain provided the goals for the side

Inter Miami’s 2-1 victory over Philadelphia Union on Saturday saw Phil Neville record his first win as boss of the MLS outfit. 

Neville was appointed as the manager of the team co-owned by former Manchester United team-mate David Beckham in January, but had been denied a result during his opening game in charge by LA Galaxy. 

However, it was brothers Gonzalo Higuain and Federico Higuain who provided the goals to see Neville’s side triumph on Saturday. 

Inter Miami’s victory over Philadelphia Union saw Phil Neville record his first win in MLS 

It was brothers Gonzalo Higuain (left) and Federico Higuain (right) who provided the goals

It was brothers Gonzalo Higuain (left) and Federico Higuain (right) who provided the goals

It was Philadelphia Union who opened the scoring the 27th minute of the game, thanks to a strike from Jamiro Monteiro. 

Philadelphia held the advantage until the 73rd minute of game when Gonzalo equalised for Inter Miami after being assisted by his brother Federico.   

Just 10 minutes later Federico went on to score the winning goal and hand Neville his first MLS victory.   

Gonzalo and Federico’s contribution also saw them become the first pair of brothers ever to score in the same MLS match. 

Gonzalo (middle) equalised for Inter Miami after being assisted by his brother Federico

Gonzalo (middle) equalised for Inter Miami after being assisted by his brother Federico

Just 10 minutes later Federico went on to score the winning goal and hand Neville his first win

Just 10 minutes later Federico went on to score the winning goal and hand Neville his first win 

Having played with his older brother Gary for Manchester United and England, Neville is aware of the ‘special bond’ Gonzalo and Federico share. 

Speaking of their partnership after the game, Neville said: ‘There is a special bond when you’re in the same team. 

‘Though Federico and Gonzalo are obviously just teammates, there’s a love, there’s a bond, there’s an understanding because I had the same feeling.’ 

Speaking from experience, Neville says there is a 'special bond' between brothers on the pitch

Speaking from experience, Neville says there is a ‘special bond’ between brothers on the pitch

The Inter Miami boss went on to credit Federico’s individual contribution, claiming he made a ‘massive impact on the game’. 

‘I think he deserves to be talked about in his own right,’ Neville said. 

‘I think the key when for Fede comes on in games — the game is more open, more stretched — to use his experience, find the right spaces.

‘We’ve got someone to come on who can keep us going, keep the ball, keep possession, but more importantly have a massive impact on the game.’ 

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