Lionel Messi once again showed why he is one of the greatest footballers of all time, scoring a brace to lead Inter Miami to a 3-1 victory over Orlando City in the Leagues Cup.
Messi opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a brilliant individual goal, before doubling his tally in the second half with a clinical finish. Josef Martínez also scored for Inter Miami, while César Araújo scored a consolation goal for Orlando City.
The victory was Inter Miami's third in a row in the Leagues Cup, and it sees them progress to the quarterfinals of the competition.
Messi was in inspired form throughout the match, and he was a constant threat to the Orlando City defense. He created several chances for his teammates, and he was also solid defensively.
His first goal was a thing of beauty. He picked up the ball on the edge of the area, and he dribbled past two defenders before firing a low shot into the bottom corner.
His second goal was even more impressive. He latched onto a pass from Martínez, and he coolly slotted the ball past the goalkeeper.
Martínez also had a good game for Inter Miami. He scored a penalty in the second half, and he was a constant nuisance for the Orlando City defense.
Orlando City did have their chances, but they were unable to find the back of the net. Araújo scored a consolation goal in the second half, but it was too little too late.
Inter Miami's victory was a statement of intent. They are one of the favorites to win the Leagues Cup, and they will be a tough team to beat.
Messi was the star of the show, but he was well-supported by his teammates. Inter Miami are a team on the rise, and they will be a force to be reckoned with in the years to come.
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