Lionel Messi, Inter Miami’s recent acquisition, continued to mesmerize on the field, putting on a captivating show with a brilliant display, netting two goals to steer his team to an exhilarating 3-1 triumph against Orlando City in the Leagues Cup encounter held on Wednesday.
In only his third game since joining from Paris Saint-Germain, the Argentine star showcased his brilliance, leaving fans in awe with his incredible skills.
The match started with a bang as Messi broke the deadlock in spectacular fashion, executing a perfect volley from teammate Robert Taylor’s brilliant chip into the box. However, Orlando City retaliated ten minutes later when César Araújo struck from a corner, leveling the score.
Undeterred, Inter Miami pressed forward, seeking to reclaim the lead in the first half. Messi was agonizingly close to scoring twice, first hitting the post and then forcing a magnificent save from Orlando’s goalkeeper Pedro Gallese with a well-placed free-kick.
The second half kicked off with Josef Martínez converting a successful penalty kick, propelling Miami back into the lead. Messi then joined forces with Taylor and Martínez to score his second goal, sealing a resounding victory for the home side.
In the dying moments of the game, Orlando City thought they had secured a consolation goal when Araújo tapped in from the back post, but their hopes were dashed as the effort was disallowed due to an offside ruling.
Lionel Messi’s arrival in Major League Soccer has already made a significant impact, with his goal tally standing at an impressive five in just three games since joining the league. Despite his outstanding performance, the Argentine star was not without a couple of blemishes, receiving a yellow card in the first half and narrowly avoiding a second booking after a challenge on Araújo.
With this triumphant display, Messi and Inter Miami advance to the Leagues Cup round of 16, where they are set to face FC Dallas on Sunday. The football world eagerly anticipates how Messi’s presence will continue to inject excitement into the league and elevate Inter Miami’s performances in the future.