Two-goal, one-assist ‘Messi show’ as Miami snaps two-game winning streak
4-0 win in League Cup Group Stage 2
Lionel Messi (Inter Miami), wearing the captain’s armband, raises his fist in celebration after scoring a goal in the first half of the League Cup group stage second leg against Atlanta United on June 26. Messi had two goals and an assist on the day to lead his team to a 4-0 win.
Lionel Messi (36-Inter Miami), who scored the winning goal on a magical free kick in his U.S. debut, followed it up with a multi-goal performance in his second game.
Messi put on a one-man show with two goals and an assist in a 4-0 win over Atlanta United in the second leg of their League Cup group stage match on Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. The League Cup is a unified cup competition featuring 29 teams from Major League Soccer (MLS) and 18 teams from the Mexican league, Liga MX. Messi scored a free kick in second-half stoppage time in a 2-1 win over Mexican side Cruz Azul in the first leg of the group stage on Feb. 22.
Messi, who started in Atlanta wearing the captain’s armband, opened the scoring in the eighth minute. After a left-footed shot from inside the penalty box hit the right post, she lunged and slid in with her right foot to rattle the net. In the 22nd minute, he headed home a low cross from the left in front of the goal with his right foot. Messi provided an assist on Robert Taylor’s fourth goal eight minutes into the second half before being subbed off in the 33rd minute.
Soccer specialist Goal.com reported on the match, saying, “Messi absolutely dominated the game and led the way to victory. Messi is unstoppable.” Miami is last in the 15-team MLS Eastern Conference with five wins, three draws and 14 losses (18 points) as of Sept. 26, but has won two straight in cup competitions since Messi’s arrival. Miami has scored 22 goals in 22 league games this season, 토토사이트 including six in Messi’s two cup games.