Lionel Messi once again dazzled the fans with a stunning free-kick goal in his third consecutive two-goal game for Inter Miami.
Every time Lionel Messi stood in line for a free kick during his first away game for Inter Miami, thousands of fans would gather in the scorching Texas heat, ready with their cell phones to capture history-making moments.
They all got a video to relive that experience.
Messi scored a goal from a mesmerizing free kick, adding to his consecutive two-goal streak for Inter Miami in the third match, resulting in a 1-1 draw. This ultimately led to Inter Miami’s victory over FC Dallas in the League Cup elimination game on Sunday night, August 6, through penalty kicks.
Messi’s goal in the 85th minute for a 4-4 draw reminds fans of his impact on the game, as both goalkeepers were beaten from just outside the penalty box, finding the top corner of the net.
This time, the superstar with the left foot was on the right side, defeating FC Dallas’ goalkeeper Mauricio Pes with precision, just as he did in Inter Miami’s 2-1 victory over Mexican club Cruz Azul.
“I don’t believe there is anything to be said about it. I think anyone can see,” FC Dallas coach Nico Estevez said. “It’s clear that for him, a free kick there is like a penalty kick for others. You either have to pray it goes out of the wall, or it goes over the bar in the run-up to kick it.
Inter Miami advances to the quarter-finals
The victory in the Round of 16 sent Inter Miami to the League Cup quarter-finals against Charlotte FC and Houston Dynamo on Monday night.
In the game where Messi scored two consecutive goals, the first of which came within six minutes with a penalty kick just outside the penalty area using his left foot. Another goal followed, thanks to a pass from Jordi Alba, Messi’s former Barcelona teammate. Initially disallowed for offside, it was later overturned after review.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner and World Cup champion from Argentina has scored seven goals overall in Inter Miami’s four games. The 36-year-old player, who previously joined, is unbeaten in four games with their new U.S. team, all of which have come in the League Cup.
Miami coach Gerardo Martino stated through a translator, “We’re very happy to move forward and these types of games help us develop as a team and correct our mistakes. We still have a long way to go to reach the level we want, but in the end, I’m happy that we secured the win.”
Messi’s first penalty kick was a slow-paced shot to the right corner. The difference was that Paxton Pomykal’s second attempt for FC Dallas missed the crossbar.
Benjamin Khrimanchuk, who scored in the 65th minute, helped Miami finish the shootout with a 5-3 lead.
In the 68th minute, Robert Taylor’s own goal brought FC Dallas ahead 4-2, but in the 80th minute, Dallas scored an own goal. Messi’s cross from just outside the penalty box on the left side found Marco Farfan, who headed it into his own net.
Immediately after, Taylor had a moment of freedom when Eugene Ansah fouled him, setting up Messi for another play that excited the 19,096-strong crowd.
In Messi’s three-goal game streak for Inter Miami, he scored from another mesmerizing free kick, resulting in a 1-1 draw, which ultimately led to their victory over FC Dallas in the League Cup elimination game on Sunday night, August 6.
Messi’s goal in the 85th minute for a 4-4 draw reminds fans of his impact on the game, as both goals were scored from outside the penalty box.
Miami co-owner David Beckham witnessed it firsthand 17 days ago. He was in the stadium, where tickets that usually sell for around $40 were listed for hundreds of dollars and in some cases more than $1,000.
To erase the 1-0 deficit from Messi’s early goal, FC Dallas’ Facundo Quignon and Bernard Kamungo scored in the first half.
Argentina-born Alan Velasco, who admires Messi, scored in the 63rd minute, bouncing a free kick over defenders and goalkeeper Drake Callender to make it 3-1.
Velasco, 20, said, “I fulfilled one of my biggest dreams today.” “It was such an incredible experience to finally share the field with him after watching him play for so many years.”
Just two minutes after Velasco’s goal, Khrimanchuk pulled Miami back within a goal with a stunning finish after a pullback from Messi, who had delivered a pass that Alba intercepted before giving it to Khrimanchuk at the edge of the box.
Estevez had this to say about Messi, “Having players like him here will make our players better.” “When you have to face this level of competition, you have to perform better. And you can see today how some of our players have stepped up their game against FC Dallas.”