On Sunday night, not only was the final of the Concacaf Nations League played between the United States and Mexico, who starred in an exciting classic that ended with a 3-2 victory for USMNT, in overtime and saving the penalty for a possible tie in the last minute of the game.
But it was also special since two players met again three years after a real scandal that they starred in the middle of the game. We are talking about American defender Matt Miazga and Mexican attacking midfielder Diego Lainez.
How was the reunion between Lainez and Miazga?
On the field of play, Diego Lainez and Matt Miazga did not share time, since the Mexican entered in the second half (he scored a goal), while the American was a substitute without adding action. Outside the field, they didn't exchange words or greetings, so we can deduce that the relationship is not the best between them.
How was the fight between Lainez and Miazga three years ago?
It was a friendly match between the United States and Mexico that was held on September 11, 2018. The clash occurred at minute 65, at which time Miazga and Lainez played a ball near the US area. The defender won possession of the ball from the attacker. The Mexican pulled the central and was what detonated the outbreak of anger.
Miazga, with his 1.93 meters tall, faced Lainez, 1.67. Matt, with his right arm, made the sign that he did not see the Mexican because of his size. Ángel Zaldívar was the first to intercede for the then América player, but it was Edson Álvarez who ran to push the opponent and defend Diego, who saw the players exchange words from afar.