Lionel Messi demonstrated his exceptional performance at the onset of his tenure with the Major League Soccer club Inter Miami by netting two goals in a captivating 3-1 triumph over Orlando City in the Leagues Cup. In his third appearance for the United States after transferring from Paris Saint-Germain, the Argentine footballer exhibited his exceptional talent on Wednesday.
Lionel Messi scores twice for Inter Miami in League Cup win
Lionel Messi effectively resolved the impasse by executing a remarkable volley, impeccably placed after a superb chip pass from his colleague, Robert Taylor. Nonetheless, Orlando managed to level the score 10 minutes later through a goal by César Araújo, who capitalized on a corner kick opportunity. Despite facing opposition, Inter Miami maintained their offensive strategy and actively sought to score a second goal throughout the initial period.
Their efforts were met with frustration as they narrowly missed the mark on two occasions. Notably, Messi struck the post and then challenged Orlando’s goalkeeper, Pedro Gallese, who made an impressive save from a free-kick. The commencement of the latter half was marked by Josef Martínez’s adept execution of a penalty kick, reinstating Miami’s advantageous position. Messi, after that, synergized his offensive aptitude with Taylor and Martínez, culminating in his second goal and ultimately ensuring a decisive triumph for the host team.
Orlando believed they had successfully scored a consolation goal during the concluding stages when Araújo executed a straightforward finish at the rear post. However, this endeavor was subsequently invalidated due to an offside decision. Lionel Messi has scored five goals in three games since his transfer to the United States, including two goals against Orlando City. This achievement highlights his remarkable goal-scoring prowess in his recent performances.
Although Messi’s performance was unquestionably exceptional, it was not devoid of a few imperfections. During the initial period of the match, the individual in question was issued a cautionary yellow card. Furthermore, after engaging in a challenge against Araújo, he narrowly evaded receiving a second booking.