Messi scores on his MLS debut, and Inter Miami ends a streak of 11 consecutive games without a win in the league
League Cup: Messi scores again and leads Inter Miami to the semi-finals. Image source: IANS News
New Delhi, August 27: Lionel Messi scored a stunning goal in the 89th minute and ended Inter Miami’s drought by beating New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer 2-0 on Saturday.
The Red Bull Arena in New Jersey was packed with fans desperate to watch their hero, Lionel Messi, in action. Lionel entered the ground in the 60th minute of the match, marking his MLS debut.
Miami was already leading 1-0 on the scoreboard at the time thanks to a 37th-minute goal by Diego Gomez. The last minutes of the match went entirely to the Argentine star, who scored in the 89th minute of the match.
The absolute ability to dribble the ball and rip apart an opponent’s defense is something Messi usually does, and he did the same last night. Thanks to Benjamin Karimachi, who passed the ball with his foot to Messi on his left and scored the final goal.
A last-minute goal decided the game in favor of Inter Miami as they ended a streak of 11 match without a win in the league.
Messi has been the X Factor of the team since joining the club. He now has 11 goals for the club and has been in fantastic form, also contributing assists.
Inter Miami looked completely different after Messi joined the team. They reached the finals of the US Open Cup, where Messi scored 10 goals in 7 matches.
With 11 games remaining, this victory raised Miami to the Eastern Province standings and narrowed the gap with last place to 11 points.
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