Lionel Messi ‘s remarkable start with Inter Miami in Major League Soccer (MLS) continued as he scored twice in a thrilling 3-1 victory against Orlando City in the Leagues Cup. In his third game since joining the United States from Paris Saint-Germain, the Argentine star showcased his brilliance on Wednesday.
Messi broke the deadlock with a sensational volley. It was expertly timed after a brilliant chip into the box from teammate Robert Taylor. However, Orlando managed to equalize ten minutes later when César Araújo struck from a corner. Undeterred, Inter Miami pressed for a second goal in the first half. Messi came agonizingly close twice, hitting the post and then forcing a spectacular save from Orlando’s goalkeeper Pedro Gallese with a free-kick.
The second half kicked off with Josef Martínez converting a successful penalty kick, putting Miami back in the lead. Messi once again displayed his attacking prowess, combining with Taylor and Martínez to score his second goal. They secured a resounding victory for the home side.
In the final moments, Orlando thought they had grabbed a consolation goal through Araújo’s simple finish at the back post, but the effort was later disallowed due to an offside ruling.
With these two goals against Orlando City, Lionel Messi ‘s goal tally now stands at an impressive five in just three games since making his move to Inter Miami.
While Messi’s performance was undoubtedly outstanding, it wasn’t without a couple of blemishes. He received a yellow card in the first half and narrowly avoided a second booking after a challenge on Araújo.
As a result of this triumphant display, Messi and Inter Miami will advance to the Leagues Cup round of 16. They are set to face FC Dallas on Sunday. Messi’s arrival in Major League Soccer has undoubtedly injected excitement into the league. His contributions have already had a significant impact on Inter Miami’s performances.
His ability to mesmerize fans with his world-class skills and consistently deliver crucial goals has brought immense joy to Miami supporters and raised the profile of MLS on the global stage. With Messi in their ranks, Inter Miami’s future looks incredibly promising. Fans eagerly await more awe-inspiring performances from the legendary Argentine.