Inter Miami Dominates Charlotte 4-0: Messi Shines as Leagues Cup Semifinals Beckon

At the 86th-minute mark, Messi struck a goal, taking his tally to eight goals in the most recent five matches following his entry into the ranks of his freshly minted team. On Friday night, Inter Miami defeated Charlotte 4-0 in the League’s Cup quarterfinal game. Messi has scored in all five matches he has played with Miami. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, who led Argentina to World Cup victory last year, remains undefeated with Miami, having emerged victorious in all five League Cup matches, part of a 47-team tournament featuring MLS and Mexico’s top leagues that has now narrowed down to the final four.

Messi’s next challenge with his new club will be against Mexican club Querétaro or Philadelphia Union in the semifinal match on Tuesday. Charlotte ingeniously managed to keep him at a near distance, employing an effective defensive strategy.

Inter Miami Dominates Charlotte 4-0: Messi Shines as Leagues Cup Semifinals Beckon

Joseph Martínez and Robbie Robinson also scored for Inter Miami, and due to some late pressure from Messi in the second half, another goal was added to the scoreboard, and Messi provided the finishing touch in the final moments.

It seems like the team is close to filling up the 22,000-seat DRV PNK Stadium once again, just as they did on that night when South Florida was buzzing with sports action. Miami Dolphins were playing their preseason opener at home, Miami Marlins were hosting the New York Yankees, and Within a bustling high school gymnasium, the pro-am league championship game was being spearheaded by none other than Tyler Herro, the standout guard of the Miami Heat.

But Messi’s magic remained, as expected. And fans rejoiced once again in the new pink number 10 jersey as Messi continued to captivate the supporters of Inter Miami, a world away from the life he had before the Messi era began.

Before Messi: Inter Miami had secured five victories in their 22 MLS matches this season.

In the Messi era: Inter Miami has triumphed in each of their five League Cup encounters, positioning themselves a mere two victories away from claiming the coveted trophy.

Messi got his first good opportunity around the 30th minute of the match when a splendid short pass on the left side of the box provided him a chance from about 6 yards out. However, his shot was denied by Charlotte’s goalkeeper Cristian Kahlina, maintaining the 1-0 lead.

Nobody knew that Inter Miami already possessed all the offenses they needed.

In the 69th minute, another great chance came as Messi passed to Taylor, received it back, and opened up the net – but his attempt from about 12 yards out in the middle of the box went astray.

Inter Miami Dominates Charlotte 4-0: Messi Shines as Leagues Cup Semifinals Beckon

Messi could only smile and look toward the sky.

Martínez kicked off the scoring for Inter Miami with a penalty kick in the 12th minute after Dixon Arooyo was brought down inside the box. A dispute emerged as Inter Miami’s attempt to claim a handball by Charlotte went in vain, leaving the possibility of a penalty kick award hanging in the balance.

In the 32nd minute, it became 2-0 when Taylor received a pass from Dendre Yeadlin at the top of the box and sent a one-timer past the outstretched hands of Vishal Kahlina. Yeadlin collected a pass on the right wing, waited for Taylor – who indicated where he wanted the ball – and placed it perfectly for him to set up the second day of the night.

A self-inflicted goal extended the score to 3-0, and then Messi secured the victory.

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