Studded Crowd Witnesses Messi and Inter Miami’s Decisive Victory Over LAFC

Studded Crowd Witnesses Messi and Inter Miami’s Decisive Victory Over LAFC

 

Lionel Messi and Inter Miami Shine
In a star-studded event that attracted the likes of Selena Gomez, Prince Harry, Leonardo DiCaprio, and more, Lionel Messi and Inter Miami showcased their soccer prowess once again. The highly anticipated match took place at BMO Stadium in Los Angeles, where Inter Miami emerged victorious with a decisive 3-1 win over reigning MLS champions LAFC.
Messi, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner and 2022 World Cup champion, demonstrated his playmaking abilities by assisting on two crucial goals in the second half. While he didn’t score in this game, his impact on the pitch was undeniable. Messi’s exceptional left foot delivered timely passes that left fans and celebrities in awe.
In the 51st minute, Messi found his former FC Barcelona teammate Jordi Alba, setting up a goal. Later, in the 83rd minute, he orchestrated another scoring opportunity, this time connecting with the young talent Leo Campana. Facu Farias had already found the net in the 18th minute, securing a lead for Inter Miami.

Reflecting on the match, Messi stated, “It was a nice test for us to see where we are, what we were capable of. We played in a difficult field, against the last champion, we got an important result. The group grows more every day, we are going to try to get into the [postseason].”
Despite Messi’s remarkable contributions to Inter Miami, it was a collective effort that led to their success. Inter Miami’s unbeaten streak continued, as they showcased their potential under Messi’s leadership.
Inter Miami’s Recent Dominance
Since Messi’s arrival at Inter Miami in late July, the team has been on a remarkable winning streak. Their record stands at an impressive 10 wins, 1 draw, and 0 losses in the 11 games Messi has played with the club. This remarkable run of form culminated in winning the Leagues Cup final on August 19, and they are set to compete for another title in the U.S. Open Cup final on September 26.
However, in the context of the MLS playoff race, Inter Miami faces a challenge. They currently trail ninth-place D.C. United in the Eastern Conference by eight points, making their postseason aspirations a tough climb.
Messi’s International Commitment

After the match, Messi’s focus shifted to international duty as he prepared to join the Argentine national team for World Cup qualifying matches. He is expected to play a crucial role in helping the defending World Cup champions secure their qualification.
Messi’s international commitments mean he will miss Inter Miami’s upcoming game against Sporting Kansas City on September 9. He is set to feature in Argentina’s matches against Ecuador on September 7 and Bolivia on September 12. His participation in these international fixtures may impact his availability for Inter Miami’s subsequent match against Atlanta United on September 16.
A Messi Fan’s Intrusion

During the match, a devoted Messi fan made headlines by running onto the pitch during the second half. As the fan approached Messi, the player’s security guard quickly intervened, ensuring Messi’s safety. Messi halted the fan’s progress, allowing security to remove the intruder from the field in the 73rd minute.
A Post-Match Celebrity Encounter

After the final whistle, Messi had a heartwarming moment with actor Owen Wilson, sharing a hug on the pitch. Meanwhile, fans eagerly sought Messi’s autographs, highlighting the global appeal of the soccer superstar.
Inter Miami’s Resilience Against LAFC

The victory over LAFC was particularly impressive given LAFC’s dominant home record, having won their last four home games with a remarkable aggregate score of 18-1. Inter Miami’s ability to secure a 3-1 victory against such a formidable opponent demonstrated their resilience and potential.
DeAndre Yedlin, an Inter Miami player, emphasized the challenge of facing LAFC: “LAFC is a good team. We knew it was going to be difficult. We knew it was going to be hard… but once we scored the first one, we smelled a little bit of blood, then kept going from there. It gives us a lot of confidence. It’s a great win for us, but the job is not finished yet. We’re going onto the next one.”
Late-Game Drama
LAFC, despite trailing for most of the match, didn’t give up. In the 90th minute, Ryan Hollingshead scored a header from a set piece, putting LAFC on the scoreboard. While it was too little, too late, Hollingshead’s goal made the final score closer than the match had suggested.
Campana and Messi Shine Together
Leo Campana’s goal in the 83rd minute was a testament to the synergy between him and Messi. Messi’s precise pass allowed Campana to find the back of the net, extending Inter Miami’s lead to 3-0. Although Messi didn’t score himself in this game, his two assists proved instrumental in the victory.
Messi’s Near Misses
Throughout the match, Messi had a couple of near misses. In the 75th minute, he received a pass from Leo Campana and set up a corner kick, narrowly missing the target himself. Earlier, in the 72nd minute, Messi orchestrated a scoring opportunity for Facu Farias, who unfortunately missed the target. Despite these missed opportunities, Messi’s presence on the field remained influential.
Callendar’s Heroics
Inter Miami’s goalkeeper, Drake Callendar, had a significant impact in the second half, making two crucial saves on shots by LAFC’s Dénis Bouanga in the 60th minute. Callendar’s performance underscored his importance to the team, especially during the Messi era. His timely saves helped maintain Inter Miami’s lead.
Alba’s Contribution
Jordi Alba’s goal in the 51st minute further solidified Inter Miami’s lead. Messi set up the play, and Alba capitalized on the opportunity, sending the ball into the net. The synergy between former FC Barcelona teammates Messi and Alba was evident on the pitch, with Messi’s assist playing a pivotal role in the goal.
Halftime Lead
At halftime, Inter Miami held a 1-0 lead over LAFC. Messi had not yet found the back of the net, missing two shots. Nevertheless, Inter Miami’s Facu Farias had secured the lead in the 14th minute with a well-executed goal. Goalkeeper Drake Callendar made several key stops, denying LAFC any goals.
Celebrities in Attendance

The high-profile nature of the match drew an array of celebrities to BMO Stadium. Notable guests included LeBron James, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis), Leonardo DiCaprio, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, and Will Ferrell, among others. The presence of such renowned figures highlighted the global appeal of Messi and the excitement surrounding the match.
Previous Match Against Nashville FC

In their most recent match before facing LAFC, Messi and Inter Miami faced a challenging opponent in Nashville FC. Nashville FC became the first MLS club to hold Inter Miami scoreless since Messi’s arrival, resulting in a 0-0 draw. The match against Nashville marked Miami’s 10th game in 40 days, raising questions about

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