Soccer fans witnessed an electrifying performance last night as Lionel Messi once again showcased his brilliance, scoring in his sixth consecutive game to lead Inter Miami CF to a dominating 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union. The win, played out at Subaru Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, ensured Miami’s spot in the inaugural Leagues Cup final, marking a notable achievement in the club’s history. So, Messi Scores in 6th Straight to Put Inter Miami into Leagues Cup Final.
Messi’s impeccable form continues to impress, with the Argentine superstar netting nine goals in just six games since he joined the Miami side in July. His impact was immediately felt in the first half, as goals from Messi, Josef Martínez, and Jordi Alba gave Miami a commanding lead that Philadelphia struggled to counter. Notably, Messi’s goal was the second-longest of his career, a dazzling low line drive from 31.8 meters out that left Union’s keeper, Andre Blake, helpless.
Miami’s performance was not just about Messi though. Jordi Alba, another former Barcelona icon, took advantage of a precise through ball from Robert Taylor, neatly slotting it past the Union goalkeeper, reinforcing Miami’s dominance in the first half. The synergy between these players speaks volumes about their professionalism and commitment. As Gerardo Martino, Miami’s coach, rightly pointed out, “The impact that Leo, [Sergio Busquets], Jordi have had on the group, they pass on this confidence to the young players.”
The sheer firepower Miami showcased was not just about the stars but was a testament to the team’s overall strength. Chris Donovan’s attempts to reduce the deficit for Philadelphia went in vain. Although Alejandro Bedoya did manage to score a consolation goal, David Ruiz’s strike ensured that Miami maintained their three-goal advantage till the final whistle.
With this victory, Miami not only advances to the final of the Leagues Cup where they’ll face Nashville SC but also secures a maiden spot in the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup. This achievement underscores the team’s rapid ascent in international soccer. Martino reflected on the team’s journey, expressing his ambition for the future, stating, “We are motivated and confident, but we are also focused on doing everything to get better. We want to make this club very competitive.”
Jim Curtin, Philadelphia’s manager, while expressing his disappointment, paid a glowing tribute to Messi and Miami. “Takes a complete team effort to have a chance against a team like Miami. First 20-30 minutes, they punished us,” he said. Curtin went on to praise Messi, describing him as “global, the best to ever play our sport.”
Indeed, Messi’s arrival has heralded a new era for Inter Miami. The team has scored a whopping 21 goals in the six games since his arrival. As the team gears up for the final against Nashville, fans around the world will be keenly watching to see if Messi and Miami can lift the coveted Leagues Cup trophy.