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Messi, hat trick if he didn’t hit the goalpost… 2 consecutive multi-goals

The ‘typhoon’ of Lionel Messi, who landed on the American professional football stage, is strong. Messi wore an Inter Miami uniform and scored five goals in three games, including two consecutive multi-goals. 1 help is a bonus.

Miami won 3-1 thanks to the performance of Messi, who was responsible for the opening goal and the wedge goal in the home game against Orlando City in the round of 32 of the 2023 Leagues Cup held at the DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on the 3rd (Korean time).

On the 22nd of last month, Messi made his American debut in the Leagues Cup group stage match against Cruz Azul (Mexico), and scored the winning goal from a free kick in extra time in the second half of the game, which he won 2-1. Four days later, in the second leg of the Leagues Cup group stage against Atlanta United, he performed a one-man show with two goals and one assist, taking the lead in a 4-0 victory.

Messi, who scored 5 goals in 3 games, tied for first place in the tournament. The Leagues Cup is a cup competition in which professional soccer teams from the United States, Canada and Mexico compete, and Miami will face FC Dallas in the Round of 16 on the 7th., which is ranked at the bottom of the 15th in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer (MLS) in the American professional soccer league, is transforming into a strong team after Messi joined. Until Messi arrived, Miami struggled with a slump in 11 consecutive games without a win (3 draws, 8 losses) in the regular league. However, after Messi came, they won three consecutive victories by defeating the top teams in the regular league one after another in cup competitions. Miami will resume the regular league against Charlotte on the 21st.

At the beginning of the game, Orlando, which put pressure on the front, seemed to take the mood. However, Messi brought the flow in the 7th minute of the kickoff. Robert Taylor, who was driving the ball toward the arc near the left corner of the opponent’s box, saw Messi digging into the goal and lobbed a pass, and Messi, who received the ball with his chest, shook the net with a left foot volley. Orlando also struck back. Ten minutes later, Cesar Araujo equalized with his right foot from the second ball.

In the first half, Messi received a short pass from Josef Martinez and fired a left-footed shot from inside the box, hitting the left post.

As the opponent’s check intensified, Messi frequently exchanged fouls that day and engaged in a war of nerves. Messi received his first American warning in the 21st minute for kicking Will der Cartagena in the foot from behind. In the extra time of the first half, Arauho, who was pushed by Messi who swung his arm wide, chased after Messi and committed a foul. Orlando’s Kyle Smith was booked as players from both teams came into confrontation. At the end of the first half, Messi exchanged words with Araujo even as he left the field.

Miami took the lead again in the 6th minute of the second half. Martinez, who entered the box after receiving a forward pass from Benjamin Kremaski, fell due to an opponent’s foul, and a penalty kick was declared. Martinez took the kick himself and calmly succeeded.

Messi tumbled to the ground in the 12th minute of the second half. He was hit hard like a body check by Mauricio Ferreira who rushed in while waiting to catch a high ball. Messi, who had been lying on the ground for a while, touched his chin to see if the pain remained even after he got up. A warning was also given to Pereira.

Messi once again produced a great scene in the 27th minute of the second half. Messi, who was in the center circle, ran forward after passing a pass to Taylor, who was digging into the opponent’s left flank. Taylor approached the side of the box and raised a cross to the goal, and Martinez, who was in the opposite space, caught the ball and launched a short roving pass toward Messi rushing to the goal. Messi scored with a volley from his right foot.

In Orlando, Araujo scored a goal in extra time in the second half, but after video review, it was ruled offside and the goal was cancelled. Soon after, the game-ending whistle blew, but another warning came out as Orlando players continued to protest the decision. Orlando received 5 warnings that day. Miami Chapter 2.

Messi digested the entire time of the day. This is the first time since entering the US. Earlier, in the game against Cruz Azul, he entered as a substitute in the second half, and in the game with Atlanta, he retired to the bench in the second half.


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