Messi Leads Inter Miami to Leagues Cup Title in Dramatic Fashion
Lionel Messi wins the league cup with Inter Miami. His superb form continued as he played a pivotal role in Inter Miami’s triumphant win over Nashville in the Leagues Cup final. Messi scored an exquisite goal 24 minutes into the game and nailed his shot during the penalty shootout, leading Miami to a nail-biting 10-9 victory after a 1-1 draw in regular time.
Lionel Messi, who has astonishingly netted 10 goals in just 7 matches since his move to Miami, showcased his genius with a sublime shot from just outside the box, leaving the Nashville goalkeeper in awe.
Despite Leonardo Campana missing a golden opportunity to seal the win for Miami in regular time, the match progressed to a tense penalty shootout. Ultimately, the shootout concluded in a face-off between the goalkeepers. Miami’s Drake Callender emerged as the hero, saving Elliot Panicco’s shot.
Messi’s arrival at Inter Miami has sparked a renaissance for the team. They’ve gone from the depths of the Major League Soccer standings to League Cup champions in just a month. Messi isn’t done yet, though. He and his team are set to battle Cincinnati in the semi-finals of the US Open Cup next Wednesday.
Though Miami’s performance wasn’t as electrifying as fans have witnessed recently, the victory was satisfying. Sergio Busquets, Inter Miami’s Spanish midfielder, expressed his delight at capturing the team’s first title. He noted that Messi’s brilliance and the team’s growing spirit and experience make a tangible difference.
Nashville’s strategy was clear from the onset: contain Busquets and, by extension, Messi. They made Miami adopt a slower possession game for most of the match. The home team indicated their threat from set pieces early on, but Miami soon took control. Messi’s stunning strike after a blocked pass attempt by Robert Taylor was the highlight of the first half.
However, the momentum shifted post-halftime when Nashville equalized from a corner. Miami faced pressure, but a late opportunity for a win slipped away when Campana hit the post.
The tension-filled penalty shootout saw each team miss once. But when the responsibility fell to the goalkeepers, Callender scored and blocked Panicco’s shot, initiating jubilant celebrations.