Lionel Messi Leads Inter Miami to Victory. He clinched his inaugural title with his recently joined club, Inter Miami. Following a 1-1 draw during regular playtime, the Leagues Cup final against Nashville SC took a decisive turn in favor of Miami on Saturday evening through a penalty shootout, concluding with a score of 10-9.
Every one of the 22 players was called upon to participate in the shootout, but it was Nashville goalkeeper Elliot Panicco’s missed shot that proved to be the pivotal moment.
Messi, who had already notched his tenth goal in his seventh match for Miami, secured the first penalty kick. His earlier goal had come in the 23rd minute, establishing a 1-0 lead. As a result, he was recognized post-match as the top scorer and best player in the inaugural tournament.
Even prior to the trophy presentation, his fellow team members joyfully tossed the 36-year-old reigning champion from Argentina into the air in celebration.
Nashville’s Fafa Picault leveled the score in the 57th minute. Similar to Miami, the hosts also struck the post, courtesy of a shot by Messi. Mukhtar had multiple chances from advantageous positions but couldn’t find the net.
On the other hand, Inter’s forward Leonardo Campana squandered the ultimate game-winning chance by missing an open net in the final moments of stoppage time, hitting the far post.
The two teams are in their third season in Major League Soccer. Miami, despite being at the bottom of the league, has managed to secure victories in all seven matches following Messi’s debut.
On the other hand, Nashville, currently one of the most formidable teams in Major League Soccer, boasts Mukhtar, who was last season’s leading scorer and most valuable player; however, they are yet to claim their inaugural championship. This past Saturday, celebrations ensued as Messi and Inter co-owner David Beckham joined in the revelries.