Lionel Messi Although thousands of fans held out hope that it was only temporary, it appeared like Inter Miami’s enchantment had vanished due to exhaustion or the opponents learning and avoiding the team’s techniques.
Lionel Messi With two assists for Leonardo Campana, Lionel Messi managed to equalize the score at 2-2 late in the game, forcing extra time, which they ultimately won on penalties for a second time.
Josef Martnez appeared to have scored the game-winning goal in overtime, but FC Cincinnati’s Yuya Kubo tied the score late.
Thus, Lionel Messi hasn’t lost a game since moving to the United States, and even better for his legions of supporters, he demonstrated to them that even on his worst football days, all it takes is a few sparks to give his team a chance to win.
Since Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba joined the squad in what was the least impressive game and dominance for the third team—who appears plainly exhausted, just like his colleagues, after eight games in 32 days—Miami has continued its efforts to win the second championship.
At the TQL Stadium in downtown Cincinnati, Luciano Acosta scored the game’s first goal in the 18th minute, and Brandon Vázquez appeared to seal the victory in the 53rd, much to the pleasure of the 25,513 spectators who purchased tickets to the US Open Cup quarterfinal.
At 108 years old, Miami will participate in the US Open Cup final, which is the oldest competition recognized by US Soccer. On September 27, he will square off against the winner of the game between Real Salt Lake and Houston Dynamo.
Despite the fact that coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino made four changes to the starting lineup from the one he faced Nashville SC: Leonardo Campana, Diego Gómez, Tomás Avilés, and Jean Mota, it appeared that the Leagues Cup that they had just won and the marathon of matches in extremely hot and humid weather were taking their toll.
Busquets began to show signs of exhaustion very immediately, while Alba took a while to begin overflowing on the wing to create the same kind of damage he did during the League Cup.
Avilés and Mota appeared to be out of sync with their teammates, which is understandable given that it was their first game since being activated.
Gómez, like in his Leagues Cup opportunity, was extremely uneasy, shaky, and lacking in ideas for attacking and defending.
In any case, Inter Miami controlled the ball for roughly 70% of the first half as Cincinnati waited in the back for the goal.
After Vázquez’s score in the second half, it appeared that Miami was in full disarray—that is, until Lionel Messi sent the ball to Campana, who finished it off precisely for the goal.
From that point on, it appeared that Inter was doing better, but the locals had chances to defeat Inter in the counterattack once more.
Referee Joseph Dickerson nullified with a hand at minute 74 the score that appeared to seal FC Cincinnati’s passage to the championship game.
With the five replacements that Martino ordered for Inter Miami in the second half, including the arrivals of Robert Taylor (for Miller), Josef Martnez (for Gomez), David Ruiz (for Mota), Facudo Faras (for Yedlin), and Noah Allen (for Avilés), the team started to become better.
Lionel Messi continued to serve for Campana until minute 94, when he sent the match into overtime, where Martnez swiftly eliminated the home team.
On Saturday, Lionel Messi will play in his first match of the Major League Soccer regular season when Miami travels to face the New York Red Bulls.