Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami, again scoring a double for the American team, beat Orlando City 3-1 and reached the 1/8 finals of the League Cup.
Inter Miami goals were Twice Messi and Venezuelan Josef Martinez were penalized after a controversial penalty. referee Ivan Arkides Barton Cisneros, and Cesar Araujo he matched that for Orlando City.
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The team led by Rosario took the lead thanks to the Argentine star in the 6th minute of the first half. after entering the zone, stopping the ball with his chest and finishing off with a volley, despite the slight resistance of the opponent’s defense.
Nevertheless, Orlando City reacted and equalized after 16 minutes of the same leg. after a corner and a save by goalkeeper Drake Callender, the Uruguayan Araujo converted the rebound and sent the ball into the net.
Messi, who was his team’s most dangerous player in the first half and also scored the goal, was cautioned 20 minutes later. for capturing the Peruvian Wilder Cartagena in midfield in a play depicting the various clashes that took place in the duel.
The best scoring situations at the initial stage were at Inter Miami: Flea delivered a shot from the post and the goalkeeper. Pedro Gallese he drowned out the celebration with a formidable free-kick save.
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However, the second came on an insert after an alleged foul on Martínez in the box, which the striker himself converted to a goal from the penalty spot.
From there it was the whole team “Tata” by Gerardo Martinowho was lucky enough to make his debut as a left-back Jordi Alba even though he had just joined the squad last Monday.
For the remainder of the game, the order of the game did not change, and Inter managed to stretch the difference from Messi’s fifth goal (second double) in three League Cup matchesafter the transfer of Martinez.
Here, Next Sunday, Inter Miami will play Dallas, who eliminated Mazatlán, for a place in the quarterfinals of the competition.
Inter Miami: Drake Callender; Noah Allen, Sergey Krivtsov, Kamal Miller, DeAndre Yedlin; Sergio Busquets, Dixon Arroyo, Benjamin Cremaschi; Robert Taylor, Josef Martinez and Lionel Messi. DT: Gerardo Martino.
Orlando City: Peter Gallese; Kylesmith, Antonio Carlos, Robin Jansson, Rafael Santos; Cesar Araujo, Wilder Cartagena, Mauricio Pereira, Facundo Torres, Ivan Angulo; Duncan McGuire. JT: Oscar Alexander Pareja Gomez.
Goals in the first half: 6m. Lionel Messi (I); 16m. Cesar Araujo (O).
Second half goals: 6m. Josef Martinez, penalty (I); 27m. Lionel Messi (I).
Changes in the second half: 14m. Ramiro Enrique for Duncan McGuire (O) and Dagur Thorhallsson for Kyle Smith (O); 18m. Jordi Alba for Noah Allen (I) and Diego Gomez for Benjamin Cremasca (I); 20m. Martin Ojeda instead of Mauricio Pereira (O); 35m. Leonardo Campana replacing Josef Martinez (I), David Ruiz replacing Dixon Arroyo (I), Felipe replacing Wilder Cartagena (O) and Ercan Cara replacing Ivan Angulo (O).
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