Soon after Lionel Messi and his team were victorious in the Leagues Cup, an intercontinental competition including teams from Major League Soccerand Liga MX, Inter Miami accomplished a remarkable comeback victory over FC Cincinnati in the US Open Cup semifinal on Wednesday, winning in a penalty kick shootout.
This victory came shortly after Lionel Messi and his team were victorious in the Leagues Cup. At TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, the first goal of the match was scored by FC Cincinnati's Luciano Acosta in the 18th minute.
This got the scoring started early. Brandon Vazquez scored a goal for FC Cincinnati in the 53rd minute after the halftime break from a position that was well beyond the penalty area.
This goal increased the margin that FC Cincinnati held over their opponents. The fans inside the stadium gave a rousing round of applause to the Major League Soccerclub that had the greatest success during the current season, while the playerscelebrated their victory out on the pitch.
However, Inter Miami subsequently started its resurgence. The forward for Inter Miami, Leonardo Campana, successfully connected with a free-kick delivered by Messi and executed a header, resulting in a reduction of the goal difference to a single point.
In the dying moments of the match, Lionel Messi, the highly regarded Argentine footballer, sent a lofted pass into the penalty area. Demonstrating his exceptional skill and influence, Messi's precise cross found its way to Campana, who once again emerged as the savior by executing a successful header, resulting in an equalizing goal.
Approximately four minutes into the additional period, Josef Martinez, the forward for Inter Miami, successfully scored a goal, resulting in the club obtaining its initial advantage in the match.
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Nevertheless, FC Cincinnati did not succumb lightly. In the 114th minute of the contest, Yuya Kubo successfully scored the equalizing goal, resulting in a 3-3 scoreline and subsequently leading the match to be decided by a penalty shootout.
Following the successful conversion of the initial four penalty kicks by both sides, Inter Miami's goalkeeper, Drake Callender, made a crucial save against Nick Hagglund's attempt. Subsequently, midfielder Benjamin Cremaschi scored, resulting in a total score of 5-4 and securing Inter Miami's place in the club's second-ever final.
Despite Lionel Messi failing to score a goal in his initial stint with Inter Miami, he managed to contribute significantly to the team's victory by providing two assists. On September 27, the US Open Cup final will witness a match-up between Inter Miami and Houston Dynamo.
Soccer enthusiasts were not the only individuals desiring to catch a glimpse of the phenomenon known as "Messi Mania." The presence of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow and wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase was seen throughout the contest, as they expressed their support for FC Cincinnati.
The upcoming fixture for Messi is set to occur on Saturday, during which he will partake in his inaugural MLS regular season appearance as a member of Inter Miami. The encounter will transpire in Harrison, New Jersey, where they will face off against the New York Red Bulls.
Prior to the arrival of Lionel Messi, Inter Miami found themselves positioned at the lowest rank in the Eastern Conference table of the Major League Soccer (MLS).
Presently, they trail by a significant margin of 14 points from the ninth spot, which is the threshold for securing a place in the playoffs. This gap must be overcome throughout the remaining 12 matches of the season in order to achieve postseason qualification.