Lionel Messi helped Inter Miami to their first trophy in club history, after defeating Nashville 10-9 in a penalty shootout in the League Cup Final on Sunday.
The Argentine superstar curled a beautiful shot into the top corner to give Inter Miami the lead.
The 0-1 scoreline was unchanged throughout the remaining minutes of the first half to send Miami into the half with the advantage.
The hosts tied the game early in the second half, with forward Fafà Picault scoring in the 57th minute after a scramble inside the box following a corner-kick opportunity for Nashville.
The final minutes of the game were a thrilling back-and-forth battle with both teams looking for a winner.
Inter Miami came close to regaining the lead on several occasions, including a Messi grounded shot from outside the box in the 71st minute and an opportunity inside the box from second-half substitute Leonardo Campana in the dying moments of added time.
The game resulted in a 1-1 draw at the end of regular time, and then proceeded to a penalty shootout.
Inter Miami’s goalkeeper, Drake Callender, was the hero of the match, saving Nashville’s last penalty and scoring the team’s final kick from the spot to clinch the 2023 Leagues Cup title.
Inter Miami had a perfect penalty record, scoring all 10 of their penalties. Nashville was not as perfect, scoring 9 of their 10 penalties.
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The historic final saw Inter Miami win the team’s first official title, extend the longest win streak in Club history to seven and secure a spot directly in the Round of 16 in the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup.
Inter Miami secured the first First Team’s first trophy by winning all of its seven consecutive matches en route to the 2023 Leagues Cup title, defeating Cruz Azul, Atlanta United, Orlando City SC, FC Dallas, Charlotte FC, Philadelphia Union and lastly Nashville.