A fantastic match. Truly an intense ending. And what unfolded for Lionel Messi and Inter Miami!
Inter Miami defeated Nashville SC in a penalty shootout of 10-9 to conclude the game 1-1 in the League Cup final on Saturday night in Nashville, Tennessee.
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It’s been only seven matches into Messi’s experience in Miami and the MLS. Yet, Messi has contributed to Inter Miami clinching their first championship since joining the league in 2020.
Even though it might have felt like destiny with the world’s greatest football star joining a lower-tier MLS team before his arrival, this League Cup final was fiercely contested until the very end.
Messi scored a goal in the 23rd minute. Nashville’s Fafa Picault netted one in the 57th minute. And both sides came within inches of clinching it in the late regulation minutes before needing a total of 22 penalty kicks to decide it.
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However, Messi’s impact cannot be denied.
We positioned ourselves where we could steal it, said Nashville coach Gary Smith. You’re looking at the greatest player on this planet who could have made the difference in what transpired today.