Messi scores in his seventh straight game, winning his 44th career trophy. Win for Miami
Lionel Messi, the “God of Soccer,” scored his seventh consecutive goal in his U.S. debut to lift the League Cup trophy for Inter Miami.
Miami defeated Nashville SC 10-9 on penalty kicks in the 2023 LigueScup Final after playing Nashville to a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes of stoppage time at Geordie’s Park in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, on Tuesday.
It was Miami’s first appearance in the tournament since its inception in 2019, which features club teams from the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Messi opened the scoring in the 23rd minute.
Picking up the ball near the penalty arc, Messi dribbled past his opponent with ease before unleashing a fantastic left-footed mid-range shot between four defenders on the penalty line in front of the goal.
The goalkeeper got a hand to it, but the ball still found the top corner of the near post.
Messi, who played all 120 minutes of regulation before and after overtime, was Miami’s first kicker in the penalty shootout and converted cleanly.
The eleventh kicker of the penalty shootout decided the championship in a “goalkeeper battle.
Miami goalkeeper Drake Calendar converted the first kick cleanly, before Nashville goalkeeper Elliott Panico made a spectacular save to seal the win with his hands and feet.
After leading his team to victory upon entering the U.S. stage, Messi lifted his 44th trophy.
Messi embraced Miami co-owner David Beckham, and the Miami players celebrated by throwing him into the air several times.
Messi became the League Cup’s top scorer.
Messi has scored 10 goals in seven matches since his Miami debut, including a dramatic late winner in stoppage time against Cruz Azul (Mexico) in the group stage of the League Cup on March 22 to give his team a 2-1 victory.
Not only did the team win the tournament, but he also moved three goals clear of Bongokule Longane (Minnesota), who was second on the team with seven goals.
Miami is in last place in the 15-team Eastern Conference with five wins, three draws, and 14 losses in the MLS regular season, but they showed off their “Messi power” by lifting the trophy in the League Cup.
With Messi’s arrival, 먹튀검증토토사이트 soccer fans around the world will be watching to see how far Miami can climb in the league standings over the next two months.