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Lionel Messi leads Inter Miami to Leagues Cup win in penalties

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Lionel Messi displayed his talents in a thrilling Leagues Cup final on Saturday night, scoring early in regulation and making the decisive first attempt in penalty kicks to help Inter Miami defeat Nashville SC 10-9. This victory gave Inter Miami its first trophy, making it a significant accomplishment for the team.

Miami prevailed with a score of 10-9 in the exciting penalty shootout after the tight game with Nashville finished in a 1-1 draw. Since joining the American league, Messi has scored 10 goals in just seven games, and his spectacular goal in the 23rd minute gave Miami a 1-0 lead. Before the hour mark, Nashville’s Fafa Picault equalised, keeping the intensity high.

Seven of the first eight penalties in the penalty shootout were successful, displaying the strong action that was there. Drake Callender, the custodian for Miami, made a critical play by stopping Randall Leal’s effort. Miami had a chance to win 5-3, but Victor Ulloa’s attempt was blocked by Elliot Panicco of Nashville.

Goalkeepers and outfield players alternated roles as the shootout went on, adding to the thrilling spectacle. Callender blocked Panicco’s attempt while unleashing a thunderous shot that went into the goal. Lionel Messi’s record-breaking 44th team trophy cemented his place as the most decorated player in football history, while Inter Miami’s 2023 Leagues Cup victory inscribed their name in history as the first-ever tournament winners.

Messi’s superb performance earned him two individual honours in addition to the team’s victory. He was named the Leagues Cup’s best player and won the award for the competition’s top scorer. The 2023 Leagues Cup will be remembered for Lionel Messi’s illustrious career as well as for Inter Miami’s historic victory in it.

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