Inter Miami has achieved a winning streak of four matches since Lionel Messi’s commencement with the team.
Lionel Messi delivered a stellar performance with two impressive goals, driving Inter Miami to a thrilling triumph against FC Dallas, subsequently securing their spot in the Leagues Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.
Despite trailing 4-2 with only 10 minutes of game time left, Inter Miami managed to score twice, pushing the match into a penalty shootout.
Miami clinched the penalty shootout with a 5-3 victory at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
“The comeback from a 4-2 deficit in the 80th minute is something we’re thrilled about,” said Gerardo Martino, Miami’s manager. “However, despite advancing, we must not lose focus on the areas that need improvement.”
Following a streak of 11 winless games, Miami has now claimed four consecutive victories after Messi joined the team.
Messi, the former Barcelona and Paris St-Germain striker, initiated the scoring six minutes into the match with a masterful curling shot from outside the penalty box. Despite this early lead, Dallas managed to pull ahead 3-1 with a little over an hour into the game.
Miami’s midfielder, Benjamin Cremaschi, lessened the gap in the scoreline, but an own goal by Robert Taylor reinstated Dallas’ two-goal advantage.
A flicker of hope ignited for Miami in the 80th minute when Dallas’ Marco Farfan unintentionally scored an own goal from a Messi cross. Five minutes later, the 36-year-old World Cup champion scored a spectacular free-kick, evening the match score. This brought Messi’s impressive goal tally to seven in just four matches.
Messi, alongside former Barcelona teammate Sergio Busquets, maintained composure during the penalty shootout, which proved decisive after Dallas’ Paxton Pomykal failed to score.
Inter Miami is the first team to earn a place in the quarter-finals of the Leagues Cup, a tournament that began in 2019, featuring teams from the United States and Mexico in a knockout-style competition.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Lionel Messi
How did Lionel Messi perform in the game against FC Dallas?
Messi performed exceptionally, scoring two goals including a stunning free-kick to help Inter Miami secure a dramatic victory and advance to the Leagues Cup quarter-finals.
Who won the game between Inter Miami and FC Dallas?
Inter Miami won the game after a thrilling penalty shootout that ended 5-3 in their favor.
What has been Inter Miami’s performance since Lionel Messi joined the team?
Since Messi’s arrival, Inter Miami has won four consecutive matches, turning around a previous 11-match winless streak.
What stage has Inter Miami reached in the Leagues Cup?
Inter Miami has secured a spot in the quarter-finals of the Leagues Cup.
Who else made a significant contribution to Inter Miami’s victory?
Former Barcelona teammate Sergio Busquets also played a key role, particularly during the decisive penalty shootout.