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Lionel Messi’s Scoring Streak Continues As Inter Miami Triumphs In Leagues Cup Quarterfinals

Despite holding a three-goal lead, Inter Miami’s manager Tata Martino opted to keep Messi in play during match’s closing stages.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

In a thrilling Leagues Cup quarterfinal encounter, global football sensation Lionel Messi showcased his scoring prowess once again for Inter Miami. The match unfolded in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, culminating in a decisive 4-0 win for the home team.

Quiet Night Yet Impactful Play

Despite his reputation as one of the world’s greatest players, Messi’s performance remained relatively subdued throughout the game. He found the back of the net on one occasion, capitalising on a cross delivered by Leonardo Campana in the latter stages of the match.

However, Messi’s presence significantly influenced the outcome. He played a pivotal role in generating an own goal during the second half, effectively pushing Charlotte FC out of contention. Inter Miami, previously languishing at the bottom of the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference, has undergone a remarkable transformation since Messi’s arrival.

Turnaround Amidst Arrival

Since making his debut in the tournament opener, Messi’s impact has been palpable. Inter Miami’s record boasts four victories and one draw, underscoring the team’s newfound vigour.

Advancing to the Leagues Cup semifinals, which showcases teams from MLS and Mexico’s Liga MX, marks a testament to their resurgence.

A win in either the semifinals or the third-place match would secure Inter Miami’s spot in the next year’s CONCSCF Champions Cup- a monumental achievement for the club’s debut in continental competition.

Struggle for Charlotte FC

Conversely, Charlotte FC grappled with performance issues in the match. Failing to register a shot on target before halftime and ultimately ending with a meagre three shots, their on-field struggles mirrored their lacklustre regular season form, which saw them concede a league-worst 40 goals.
Beyond Goals: Messi’s All-Around Impact

Messi’s influence extends beyond scoring. He’s contributed three assists, aiding Inter Miami in outscoring their opponents 17-6 in the tournament.

Teammates Josef Martinez and Robert Taylor also played pivotal roles, securing goals in the 12th and 32nd minutes respectively.

Closing with Style

Despite holding a three-goal lead, Inter Miami’s manager Tata Martino opted to keep Messi in play during match’s closing stages.

The decision paid off as Messi, in the 86th minute, sealed the game with a one-touch finish—underscoring his proficiency in clutch situations.