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Nashville edges out America on penalties in Leagues Cup Showcase clash

In a nail-biting finish, Nashville SC beat America by a margin of 4-2 in penalty shootout at the Leagues Cup Showcase battle on Wednesday night. During the normal time, both the teams scored 3 goals each and the match finally went on to a penalty shootout.

In a thrilling match held at Geodis Park, Nashville first opened the account with a 6th minute header by Josh Bauer following a corner kick. In the 14th minute, Nashville increased the lead to 2-0, thanks to a close-range shot by Luke Haakenson connecting an excellent cross from Jacob Shaffelburg.

In a fitting reply, America, the Liga MX giants scored their first goal in the 38th minute. It was Jurgen Damm who scored the first goal for them on the right flank connecting a timely cross from Jonathan Dos Santos. In the 51st minute, the scores were levelled 2-2 with American captain Miguel Layun scoring the next goal for them. It was a shot from outside the box that helped score the equaliser for America.

In the 89th minute, when the match was heading towards the last few minutes of normal time, Jack Maher increased the lead to 3-2 for Nashville. It was poor defending by America that led to the birth of the third goal. Following a corner kick, the home team headed the ball that hit Miguel Layun on the chest. The only task left for Jack Maher was to push the ball in. After completing the normal 90 minutes, an extra time of 6 minutes was added. In the 5th minute of stoppage time, during the final moments of the match, America’s Roman Martinez scored the third goal showing 3-3 on the scoreboard. It was a rebound from the goalkeeper that helped score the equaliser for America. Finally the match went on to a penalty kick.

Randall Leal took the first penalty for Nashville. He missed it as Tapia deflected the ball. America also missed the first penalty kick as Nashville goalkeeper Elliot Panicco deflected the ball. In the second penalty kick,  Ethan Zubak scored for Nashville, increasing the lead. Federico Viñas levelled the score for America as Panicco failed to judge the side.  Jack Maher took the third penalty kick for Nashville, thus increasing the lead. For America, Roman Martinez missed the penalty kick. Goalkeeper Panicco had nothing to do. Luke Haakenson increased the lead for Nashville by netting the fourth penalty kick. Miguel Layún also scored the fourth penalty for America. In the fifth and the last penalty kick, Handwalla Bwana scored the winning goal for Nashville SC. Though goalkeeper Tapia dived to the right side, the ball just went wide and finally Nashville emerged winners with a score of 4-2. 

The match was quite thrilling with both the teams displaying a fantastic performance. In the last few moments of the match, though America was down to just 10 players, they put forward a brave performance till the end.

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