Inter Miami CF are taking their talents to their first Leagues Cup final, clinching a 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup berth

Inter Miami CF are taking their talents to their first Leagues Cup final, clinching a 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup berth

CHESTER, PA. – Inter Miami CF claimed a decisive 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Tuesday night, securing its place in the first Leagues Cup final, clinching a 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup berth, and giving the team its first chance at a trophy this Saturday. The team was guided to a Club record sixth consecutive win by goals from Jordi Alba, Josef Martínez, Lionel Messi and David Ruiz on the night, and will now face Nashville SC on the road in the final on Saturday. “Our goal was to qualify for international competition next season and we’ve done that tonight,” said head coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino. “This most important thing was achieving qualification for Concacaf Champions Cup, and now we have to prepare to win this tournament, which has us feeling very motivated and confident.”Inter Miami opened the match with an unchanged starting XI from its quarterfinal win over Charlotte FC. Drake Callender started in goal; DeAndre Yedlin, Sergii Kryvtsov, Kamal Miller and Jordi Alba formed the back four; Sergio Busquets, Dixon Arroyo, and Benjamin Cremaschi started in midfield; Lionel Messi and Robert Taylor started on the wings alongside striker Josef Martínez.

Lionel Messi has written another story in his historic career, his Inter Miami CF debut

Just three minutes into the match, Martínez fired Inter Miami into the lead at Subaru Park. Kryvtsov stepped up in possession and played a ball over the top behind the defense to Martínez. The Venezuelan forward ran onto the pass in the box and opened the scoring with a low strike past Andre Blake to make it 0-1. The goal was Martínez’s ninth this season, and third in the tournament, while the assist was Kryvtsov’s first for the Club. Messi added a goal of his own in the 20th minute. Martinez received a pass, turned and passed to Messi in space. The Argentine drove at the defense and struck a powerful low shot from very long range that beat the defense, beat the goalkeeper, and found the inside of the far post to extend the lead to 0-2. The goal extended Messi’s streak to six consecutive matches with a goal, at least one in every match he’s played for Inter Miami, and brought his tally up to a Leagues Cup leading nine goals in the tournament. The assist, meanwhile, was Martínez’s third of the campaign.

Lionel Messi with one of the goals in the match

Just before halftime, Inter Miami extended its lead, netting its third goal of the night. Taylor calmly dribbled through defenders towards midfield, then played a through ball down the left wing for Alba behind the defense. The Spanish left back continued his run into the box and fired across goal and into the back of the net to score his first Inter Miami goal. Taylor’s assist continued his productive Leagues Cup, marking his ninth goal contribution in the tournament. Philadelphia pulled one back in the second half when a corner was deflected back to Alejandro Bedoya, and the American snapped a clever finish at the near post to make it 1-3. Inter Miami then responded with a final goal of its own. Messi played a ball for Yedlin down the right wing, and the defender played a perfectly weighted ball into the box for second-half substitute Ruiz, and the Homegrown midfielder slid his shot across goal to make it 1-4 and seal the victory. The goal was Ruiz’s second for the First Team, while Yedlin’s assist was his fifth of 2023.The win was a historic one for Inter Miami, extending the longest win streak in Club history, qualifying for the first final in team history, and clinching a spot in the continental competition the Concacaf Champions Cup for the first time.Inter Miami will now head into Saturday’s Leagues Cup final with a chance to secure the first piece of official silverware for the First Team. The team will face Nashville SC on the road in the final on Saturday. Scoring Summary: PHI – Alejandro Bedoya 73’MIA – Josef Martínez (Sergii Kryvtsov) 3’, Lionel Messi (Josef Martínez) 20’, Jordi Alba (Robert Taylor) 45’ +3’, David Ruiz (DeAndre Yedlin) 84’Misconduct Summary:PHI – Damion Lowe (Yellow Card 20’), Jesús Bueno (Yellow Card 25’)MIA – DeAndre Yedlin (Yellow Card 62’)Lineups / Substitutions:Philadelphia Union – GK Andre Blake; D Jakob Glesnes, Jack Elliot, Damion Lowe (Mikael Uhre HT); M Nathan Harriel, José Martínez, Loen Flach (Jack McGlynn HT), Kai Wagner, Jesús Bueno (Alejandro Bedoya 70’), Dániel Gazdag (Joaquín Torres 87’); F Chris Donovan (Quinn Sullivan 70’)Unused Substitutes – GK Joe Bendik, Holden Trent; D Olwethu Makhanya, Olivier Mbaizo, Matt Real; M Jeremy Raffanello; F Julián CarranzaInter Miami CF – GK Drake Callender; D DeAndre Yedlin, Sergii Kryvtsov, Kamal Miller, Jordi Alba (Noah Allen 87’); M Sergio Busquets, Dixon Arroyo (Chris McVey 87’), Benjamin Cremaschi (David Ruiz 74’); F Lionel Messi ©, Robert Taylor (Diego Gómez 60’); Josef Mártinez (Leonardo Campana 61’)Unused Substitutes – GK CJ dos Santos, Cole Jensen; D Harvey Neville, Ryan Sailor; M Facundo Farías, Victor Ulloa; F Robbie RobinsonDetails of the Game:Date: August 15, 2023Time: 7 p.m. ETStadium: Subaru Park Stats: Possession:PHI – 46.8%MIA – 53.2%Shots:PHI – 16MIA – 5Saves:PHI – 10MIA – 11Corners:PHI – 8MIA – 0Fouls:PHI – 15MIA – 4

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