With a 4-0 victory over Charlotte FC on Friday, Lionel Messi gave Inter Miami eight goals in five games as they breezed into the Leagues Cup semifinals.
In the 86th minute of what was a very simple victory for Gerardo Martino’s club, the Argentine tucked in Miami’s fourth goal.
The seven-times’ advertisements In Miami’s pink shirt, the Ballon d’Or winner played one of his quietest games, yet he still managed to connect with his throngs of supporters.
Josef Martinez’s penalty gave Miami the lead in the 12th minute, and in the 32nd minute, the in-form Robert Taylor doubled their lead by converting a low cross from DeAndre Yedlin.
After the break, Charlotte showed more initiative, and substitute Patrick Agyemang should have pulled one back but his close-range header flew over the bar. Charlotte had mainly been satisfied to frustrate Messi and Spanish midfielder Sergio Busquets in the first 45 minutes.
After that missed opportunity, Miami sealed the victory when Diego Gomez played a low ball towards Lionel Messi in the centre. However, Charlotte’s Adilson Malanda’s attempted interception resulted in an own goal.
Malanda’s unfortunate tumble had prevented the home crowd from celebrating a Messi goal, but it would happen three minutes from time.
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Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple Inc., also advertised the Messi match on Friday. With MLS Season Pass at Apple TV, tune in tomorrow to catch Messi and all the Leagues Cup action, Cook said.
In announcing a 10-year relationship in 2022, MLS and Apple TV quoted Apple CEO Tim Cook as saying: “For MLS, we couldn’t be happier with how the partnership is going.
“It’s evident that we’re still in the early stages, but we’re exceeding our subscription goals, and Messi moving to Inter Miami may have helped a little bit. So, we’re delighted.