In a thrilling Leagues Cup semifinal clash Lionel Messi stole the spotlight with a remarkable performance, propelling Inter Miami to a convincing 4-1 triumph over the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night. The maestro Messi stole the show by netting two goals and masterfully setting up an assist, showing his undeniable brilliance on the field.
He kickstarted the action in the 20th minute, unleashing a sensational long-range shot from beyond the box that found the back of the net, giving Inter Miami an early advantage. Swiftly doubling their lead in the 32nd minute, Messi capitalized on a pinpoint cross delivered by Gonzalo Higuain, neatly tapping the ball in for his second of the night.
The Union managed to pull one back in the 50th minute as Mikael Uhre found the target. However, Inter Miami responded with unwavering determination. In the 67th minute, Robbie Robinson found the mark, followed by Alejandro Pozuelo's contribution in the 74th minute, securing a firm grip on the match.
The spotlight undoubtedly belonged to Messi, who showcased his sheer mastery on the pitch, reminding fans around the world of his enduring greatness. This sensational display paved the way for Inter Miami's ticket to the Leagues Cup final. The upcoming showdown set for August 21, will witness Inter Miami squaring off against Mexico's Tigres UANL in a highly anticipated clash.
Messi's brace in this game brought his tally to an impressive 10 goals in the Leagues Cup, an unmatched feat in the tournament. Inter Miami, in a historic moment, notched their first-ever Leagues Cup victory, marking a significant milestone for the team. On the flip side, the Philadelphia Union, previously undefeated in the tournament, suffered their first setback.
Mark your calendars for August 21 at 10:00 p.m. ET, as the Leagues Cup final between Inter Miami and Tigres UANL promises to deliver a showdown of epic proportions. The grand event will unfold at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, as soccer enthusiasts eagerly await a clash that could redefine the tournament's history.