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Lionel Messi Inspires Inter Miami’s Comeback Win, Secures US Open Cup Final Berth

Lionel Messi inspired Inter Miami to another victory in the Leagues Cup, an international tournament that pits Major League Soccer and Liga MX clubs against each other. The team continued to showcase their prowess by overcoming FC Cincinnati in a thrilling US Open Cup semifinal match.

Initial Momentum and Turnaround: FC Cincinnati seized the initiative, with Luciano Acosta finding the back of the net in the 18th minute. The lead extended as Brandon Vazquez struck from just outside the box in the 53rd minute, leading to cheers from the stadium. However, Inter Miami had a different narrative in mind. Inter Miami, led by forward Leonardo Campana, capitalized on a Messi free-kick to narrow the deficit to a single goal. As the clock wound down, the Argentine maestro Messi delivered a cross that Campana expertly headed into the goal, leveling the score and electrifying the field.

Extra Time Drama and Shootout: Extra time delivered thrills, with Inter Miami’s Josef Martinez scoring a decisive goal, propelling the club into their first lead of the match. Yet, FC Cincinnati demonstrated resilience, as Yuya Kubo struck a 114th-minute equalizer, ushering in a penalty shootout.

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Nail-Biting Finish and Messi’s Contribution: The ensuing shootout saw both teams executing their first four spot kicks flawlessly. However, Inter Miami’s goalkeeper, Drake Callender, emerged as the hero by saving Nick Hagglund’s shot. Adding to the moment of triumph, midfielder Benjamin Cremaschi’s accurate strike secured the victory with a final score of 5-4. This momentous win propels Inter Miami into their second club history final.

Messi’s Impact and Future Challenges: While Messi’s scorecard didn’t include a goal during this chapter of his Inter Miami journey, his two pivotal assists played a significant role in the team’s triumph. The upcoming US Open Cup final, scheduled for September 27, is set to witness a fierce contest as Inter Miami faces off against Houston Dynamo. Notably, the presence of NFL stars like Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase from the Cincinnati Bengals added to the excitement of the match, as they cheered on FC Cincinnati.

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Looking Forward: Messi’s upcoming appearance is scheduled for the upcoming Saturday, marking his debut in the MLS regular season. Inter Miami, which found itself at the bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference before Messi’s arrival, remains 14 points away from the coveted ninth spot and potential playoff qualification, with a dozen matches left in the season. Lionel Messi’s prowess, combined with Inter Miami’s exceptional teamwork, created another chapter of victory and excitement in their journey. As the team readies for the US Open Cup final and future challenges, their determination and ability to rise above make them a force to be reckoned with on the field.

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