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Messi held scoreless but Inter Miami extends unbeaten string with 1-0 win over DC United

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Messi held scoreless but Inter Miami extends unbeaten string with 1-0 win over DC United
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Messi held scoreless but Inter Miami extends unbeaten string with 1-0 win over DC United

2024-05-19 11:28 Last Updated At:11:30

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Lionel Messi was kept off the scoresheet for the second consecutive match, but Inter Miami extended its unbeaten string with a 1-0 win over DC United on Saturday night.

Leo Campana scored four minutes into second half stoppage time as Miami, 6-0-3 since a 4-0 loss at the New York Red Bulls on March 23, avoided a second consecutive scoreless draw. Campana, who entered the match a minute earlier, received a pass from Sergio Busquets on the right wing and converted on a shot that landed inside the left post.

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Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi, center attempts a shot on the goal past D.C. United midfielder Matti Peltola (4) during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Lionel Messi was kept off the scoresheet for the second consecutive match, but Inter Miami extended its unbeaten string with a 1-0 win over DC United on Saturday night.

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi heads the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi heads the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi, right, kicks the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. At left is D.C. United midfielder Mateusz Klich. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi, right, kicks the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. At left is D.C. United midfielder Mateusz Klich. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Leonardo Campana reacts after scoring a goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Leonardo Campana reacts after scoring a goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi takes a free kick during the first half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi takes a free kick during the first half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Leonardo Campana kicks the ball to score a goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Leonardo Campana kicks the ball to score a goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi (10) runs with the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi (10) runs with the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Miami had used its allotted five substitutions but was allowed an additional replacement when United’s Martin Rodriguez left the match because of a concussion. Second half stoppage lasted 10 minutes.

“I know that lately I have not been getting too many minutes but it is my responsibility to be ready,” Campana said in Spanish. “Whether it’s 30, 20, 15 or one minute you have to be ready. Thankfully, we had the time to score the goal.”

For a team known for its high-powered offense that has produced a league-high 36 goals, Miami secured its second straight shutout.

“We were not as fluid offensively and they formed a solid defense,” Miami coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino said. “Defensively we worked very well.”

The win improved Eastern Conference-leading Miami to 9-2-4 with 31 points. DC United dropped to 4-5-5 and 17 points.

Messi returned to the lineup after missing Wednesday’s match at Orlando because of knee soreness.

The Argentine star forward had at least one goal and assist in five consecutive matches until a 3-2 win at Montreal on May 11. Messi began Saturday with a league-leading 12 assists.

Tightly marked for most of the match, Messi found a slight opening in the 71st minute, but his shot from 22 yards sailed high above the crossbar.

Miami goalkeeper Drake Callender preserved the shutout when he stopped a shot from United’s Jacob Murrell in the 86th minute and then denied Cristian Dájome’s inside the box four minutes later.

“He is a goalkeeper that saves games like he did tonight,” Martino said.

The start of the match was delayed 25 minutes after thunderstorms hit Chase Stadium before the clubs’ pregame drills. The rain intensified again shortly after kickoff and then subsided in the 30th minute.

Messi had two free kicks blocked by a wall of United defenders in the 21st and 39th minutes.

Both clubs continue their league schedule next Saturday, when Inter Miami visits Vancouver and United hosts Chicago.

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Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi, center attempts a shot on the goal past D.C. United midfielder Matti Peltola (4) during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi, center attempts a shot on the goal past D.C. United midfielder Matti Peltola (4) during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi heads the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi heads the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi, right, kicks the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. At left is D.C. United midfielder Mateusz Klich. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi, right, kicks the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. At left is D.C. United midfielder Mateusz Klich. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Leonardo Campana reacts after scoring a goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Leonardo Campana reacts after scoring a goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi takes a free kick during the first half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi takes a free kick during the first half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Leonardo Campana kicks the ball to score a goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Leonardo Campana kicks the ball to score a goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi (10) runs with the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi (10) runs with the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match against D.C. United Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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Australia announces aid boost for PNG landslide recovery and internal security

2024-06-20 15:22 Last Updated At:15:30

NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) — The Australian Government announced Thursday it will provide a further two million Australian dollars ($1.3 million) to support reconstruction efforts in the region of last month’s major landslide in Papua New Guinea's mountainous interior.

The support comes as PNG continues to grapple with the aftermath of the disaster in the remote Enga province, which the United Nations estimates killed 670 villagers and immediately displaced 1,650 survivors. Papua New Guinea’s government has told the United Nations it thinks more than 2,000 people were buried.

“Road access is critical for essential services as well as food and fuel supply chains,” Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said in a written media statement on Thursday which coincided during a visit to the site of the landslide in Mulitaka with PNG Defence Minister Dr Billy Joseph and Enga province's Governor Peter Ipatas.

“The additional support of $2 million announced today is in response to PNG’s request to restore connectivity of the Highlands Highway – the transport artery of the region,” she added.

Wong said the financial aid would also support local healthcare services and the provision of more than one thousand learning packs for children.

Thursday's announcement builds on Australia’s initial assistance of $2.5 million for emergency supplies, support for humanitarian partners and the deployment of technical experts including a Disaster Assistance Response Team in the days after the landslide on May 24.

“Australia and Papua New Guinea are close neighbours, friends and equals,” Wong said.

“We stand ready to provide further assistance to the people and Government of Papua New Guinea.”

Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles and Wong, with other senior government officials are currently in PNG for a ministerial forum, the most significant such bilateral gathering for Australia amongst the South Pacific island nations.

PNG has a population of nearly 10 million people and is the most populous Pacific Island nation.

During the visit, they unveiled a comprehensive aid package aimed at bolstering PNG's internal security and advancing law and justice priorities under a bilateral security agreement established last year as part of Australia's attempts to ward of growing Chinese influence in the region.

Key components of the package involve supporting a weapons management program and enhancing PNG’s legal framework to combat financial crime.

“A safe and secure Papua New Guinea is good for Papua New Guinea, it’s good for Australia and it’s good for the region,” Wong said Thursday on Channel Nine's Today show.

“So, we have an interest, Australians have an interest in making sure we work with Papua New Guinea, our closest neighbour, to ensure security and stability," she added.

Already this year, PNG has been beset by deadly riots in its two largest cities, Port Moresby and Lae, while long-running tribal fueds led to at least 26 men being killed in an ambush in February, as well as a clash between two rival clans that killed eight last month.

FILE- Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Penny Wong, listens to Dani Dayan, Chairman of Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, make a statement at Yad Vashem at the end of her visit, Jan. 17, 2024. The Australian Government announced it will provide a further two million Australian dollars ($1.3 million) to support reconstruction efforts in the region of last month’s major landslide in Papua New Guinea’s mountainous interior. “Road access is critical for essential services as well as food and fuel supply chains,” Wong said in a written media statement on Thursday which coincided during a visit to the site of the landslide in Mulitaka. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

FILE- Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Penny Wong, listens to Dani Dayan, Chairman of Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, make a statement at Yad Vashem at the end of her visit, Jan. 17, 2024. The Australian Government announced it will provide a further two million Australian dollars ($1.3 million) to support reconstruction efforts in the region of last month’s major landslide in Papua New Guinea’s mountainous interior. “Road access is critical for essential services as well as food and fuel supply chains,” Wong said in a written media statement on Thursday which coincided during a visit to the site of the landslide in Mulitaka. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

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