It was MESSI who made the impossible possible, single-handedly sending Inter Miami into the Leagues Cup quarterfinals. In the round of 16 of the Leagues Cup at the Toyota Stadium in Texas, Inter Miami faced FC Dallas today. Earlier in the round of 32, they defeated Orlando City by 3-1. Lionel Messi scored a goal in 6 minutes of his first away match for Miami today. But two consecutive goals from FC Dallas in the first half put Inter Miami behind. Facundo Quignon scored in the 37th minute and Bernard Kamungo scored the second goal in the 45th minute for FC Dallas.
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FC Dallas then increased their lead at the start of the second half. Despite FC Dallas leading 3-1, Inter Miami’s fairytale legend Lionel Messi took over writing the final page of the script. It was Messi who saved Inter Miami against Dallas FC by writing a great comeback story. Miami’s Benjamin Crimasci made it 3-2 in the 65th minute. Then again Dallas scored and lead by 4-2. Messi also ‘contributed to the next two goals to equalize the team. His free-kick was the source of the goal that made it 4-3. At the end of the match, FC Dallas seemed to have the keys to the quarterfinals with a 4-3 lead. In this situation, the magic of Messi’s feet changed the picture of the match in an instant. In the 85th minute, another great free-kick by Messi hit the net directly.
Inter Miami beat FC Dallas by 5-3 to reach the last eight of the Leagues Cup. The match at the Toyota Stadium in Dallas was Messi’s first away match in an Inter Miami jersey. The Argentine star scored 5 goals in the previous 3 matches. The first goal in 6 minutes is his fastest goal in Miami. Messi took the first shot in the tiebreaker. Effortlessly dodged the goalkeeper in one shot and sent the ball into the net. Miami scored on the next 4 shots. A fifth shot was unnecessary as Dallas failed to score on one of the first 4 shots. Messi’s opponent in the last eight will be the winner of the Houston Dynamo-Charlotte FC match. The match will be held on August 11.