Lionel Messi is scoring goals for fun in America. In the semi-finals of the Leagues Cup, he scored a beautiful goal from 32 meters away. The World Cup-winning captain scored 9 goals in six consecutive matches wearing Inter Miami’s jersey. Inter Miami reached the Leagues Cup final for the first time by beating Philadelphia Union 4-1. The Argentine superstar will be aiming to win his first trophy for Miami next Sunday. Inter Miami will play against Nashville SC of the United States in the League Cup final. He is yet to make his MLS debut.
Messi was injured during the team’s practice on Monday. As a result, there was doubt about whether he would enter the field against the Philadelphia Union on this day. However, removing all doubts, the Inter Miami captain entered the field. Miami took the lead three minutes into the match at Subaru Park. Josef Martínez gave Miami the lead after receiving the ball from Serhiy Kryvtsov. After 20 minutes, Messi got a pass from Martinez and take a shot from 32 meters away. The Philadelphia goalkeeper could not reach the ball even after jumping to the left. Miami became more aggressive after taking a 2-0 lead. In three minutes of injury time in the first half, former Barca left-back Jordi Alba scored the third goal for Miami. Inter Miami left the field with a 3-0 lead in the first half.
In the second half, Philadelphia’s players are playing aggressively to repay the goal. They also got a goal in the 73rd minute. Alejandro Bedoya made it 3-1 with a perfect right-footed shot that rattled the Miami net. Ruiz increased the gap again for Miami in the 84th minute. In the end, Miami beat Philadelphia 4-1 by the final whistle. It was Philadelphia’s first loss at home this season. Statistics show that Miami scored 21 goals in 6 matches after Messi joined. However, before the Argentine captain joined, David Beckham’s team managed to score only 22 goals in 22 matches.