“Messi Leads Inter Miami to Leagues Cup Semifinals with Win Over Charlotte”

Lionel Messi’s goal-scoring spree remains unstoppable, and perhaps the most astonishing aspect is that Inter Miami didn’t even rely solely on his goals this Friday.

In a commanding display, Inter Miami triumphed over Charlotte with a resounding 4-0 victory, securing their berth in the Leagues Cup semifinals. This triumph marks the continuation of an electrifying surge following the acquisition of one of soccer’s all-time greatest players. Their next challenge awaits them against the Philadelphia Union on Tuesday.

Unfazed by any opposition, Messi extended his impressive five-game scoring streak. He held off until the 88th minute to net Miami’s fourth and final goal of the match:

Prior to Messi’s late goal, Inter Miami’s scoring spree unfolded in diverse ways. Josef Martínez kickstarted the action with a successful penalty kick, putting Miami in the lead in the 12th minute. Robert Taylor followed suit, converting a well-placed cross into a goal, amplifying the lead to 2-0 in the 32nd minute. Additionally, a stroke of misfortune for Charlotte led to an own goal that further solidified Inter Miami’s dominance.

In the 78th minute, the own goal dealt a decisive blow to Charlotte’s chances of a comeback.

This victory once more underscores the remarkable transformation Inter Miami has undergone since the inclusion of the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner. Their mastery over the game was evident in their 62.2% possession dominance, complemented by a staggering 702 successful passes compared to Charlotte’s 413. Even the unfortunate own goal by Charlotte could be traced back to Miami’s relentless offensive pressure. Goalkeeper Drake Callender’s first recorded save only materialized in the latter half of the second period, attesting to the comprehensive control maintained by Inter Miami.

With an initial MLS record that was far from impressive at 5-3-14, Inter Miami’s journey in the Leagues Cup has become a testament to a remarkable turnaround, driven by the most unsurprising yet extraordinary catalyst. Since the addition of Messi, the team has unleashed an astonishing offensive prowess, tallying an impressive 17 goals across five matches, blending captivating nail-biters with resounding victories. Of these goals, Messi himself has netted eight and provided crucial assists for three others.

As attention on MLS continues to escalate, as evident from Apple TV’s metrics, the pressure on Inter Miami is bound to intensify. However, the 36-year-old Messi has proven more than capable of shouldering the burden, showcasing his enduring skill and determination throughout.

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