Lionel Messi once again made fans admire when leading Inter Miami to a resounding victory over Philadelphia in an attractive semi-final. The match on August 16 saw Messi and his teammates dominate the field, claiming a formidable 4-1 win and stunning Philly’s supporters.
From the outset, Messi showed his prowess by scoring a vital goal in the 20th minute. It was a sight to behold as Josef Martinez opened the scoring with a swift goal just three minutes into the game. fight. The first half ended on a high note, as Jordi Alba added to Inter Miami’s scoreboard just before the half-time whistle blew.
Another Messi goal, this time from a distance
While Messi’s left ankle caused concern during a training session, his impressive appearance in the starting line-up brought excitement to Miami fans.
True to form, Messi did not disappoint when delivering a beautiful performance. His partnership with Josef Martinez has proven invaluable, and Messi’s left boot has worked its magic, bringing his total to an impressive nine just after 6 matches.
The first half ended with another victory moment for Miami, as Jordi Alba took the lead, putting them in an even stronger position.
Inter Miami’s 3-0 lead at half-time underscored their determination to claim a well-deserved spot in the Leagues Cup final.
Rare loss at home of Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Union, which is usually strong at home, struggled against a formidable force from Inter Miami. With a rare home loss imminent, Philly’s spirited fans can only watch in awe.
Despite a spirited second-half effort from Philly’s Alejandro Bedoya, Inter Miami maintained their dominance, going through the game. A decisive moment came thanks to 19-year-old David Ruiz, who sealed Miami’s victory with a fourth goal.
What’s next for Miami?
The win takes Messi’s side into the Leagues Cup final, where they will play either Monterrey or Nashville SC on August 19. Furthermore, their place in the Concacaf Champions Cup 2024 is now within reach.
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Updated: August 16, 2023, 06:48 AM IST