Lionel Messi once again showcased his extraordinary talent, leading Inter Miami to a thrilling comeback victory over FC Dallas in the Leagues Cup. Despite facing a halftime deficit and being down early in the second half, Inter Miami staged a remarkable resurgence, ignited by Messi’s exceptional performance.
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A Game of Twists and Turns : Inter Miami
Trailing 2-1 at halftime and falling further behind at the start of the second half, Inter Miami’s situation seemed dire. However, Messi’s magic turned the tide as he scored two crucial goals, including a breathtaking free-kick in the 85th minute that leveled the score at 4-4. An own goal by Inter Miami added further drama, followed by FC Dallas taking a 4-2 lead.
Messi’s Unstoppable Brilliance
Despite setbacks, Messi’s brilliance shone brightly. His remarkable free-kick, deflected by FC Dallas’ Marco Farfan, found the net in the 80th minute, swinging the momentum in Inter Miami’s favor. Messi’s final free-kick before the penalty shootout set the stage for an unforgettable comeback.
Beckham’s Euphoria and Estevez’s Acknowledgment
Even David Beckham couldn’t contain his excitement as he witnessed Messi’s magical free-kick. FC Dallas coach Nico Estévez conceded the challenge of Messi’s free-kicks, likening them to penalty kicks for other players.
Penalty Drama and Emerging Hero
The match reached a crescendo with a penalty shootout, following Messi’s heroic efforts. Messi confidently converted Inter Miami’s first penalty, while FC Dallas’ miss on the second kick proved decisive. Young talent Benjamin Cremaschi emerged as the hero, securing victory with his final penalty kick.
Advancing to the Quarter-finals
With this thrilling win, Messi and Inter Miami earned a spot in the quarter-finals, awaiting the outcome of Houston Dynamo FC vs Charlotte FC. Messi’s impact has been profound, with four victories in as many games, highlighting his immense contribution to Inter Miami’s success.