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Lionel Messi continued his impressive goal-scoring run as Inter Miami secured a dominant 4-1 victory over Philadelphia Union, propelling them into the final of the Leagues Cup. The Argentine star scored his ninth goal in six appearances for Miami, helping them overcome Philadelphia in an engaging semi-final at Subaru Park.

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How the match went between Inter miami and Philadelphia Union in the semi finals of the Leagues Cup?

The match saw goals from other Miami players as well, including Venezuelan forward Josef Martinez, Messi’s former Barcelona teammate Jordi Alba, and substitute David Ruiz. Alejandro Bedoya managed to find the net for Philadelphia, but they were outmatched by Miami’s performance. As a result of this triumph, Messi is set to compete in his 42nd career final, as Miami prepares to face Nashville SC in the World Cup-style tournament final, which includes teams from Mexico and Major League Soccer.

Nashville SC secured their spot in the final with a 2-0 victory over Monterrey, and they will host the upcoming final this weekend. Miami’s achievement also goes beyond the tournament win, as it grants them qualification for the CONCACAF Champions Cup in the upcoming season. This accomplishment could potentially lead to a pathway into FIFA’s expanded Club World Cup in 2025.

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Inter Miami’s head coach, Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, expressed satisfaction with the team’s qualification for international competition and conveyed their motivation and confidence for further success in the tournament.

Despite Philadelphia’s strong reputation and home advantage – having lost only once in their previous 38 home games – Miami took an early lead through a goal by Josef Martinez. Philadelphia had opportunities to equalize, notably with Daniel Gazdag’s chances, but Messi capitalized on defensive lapses to extend Miami’s lead with a powerful strike. Jordi Alba added to the tally before half-time, solidifying Miami’s three-goal lead.

In the second half, Philadelphia attempted a comeback by adjusting their formation and adding an extra attacker. However, Miami remained resilient, and despite Bedoya’s goal giving Philadelphia a glimmer of hope, David Ruiz’s late goal sealed Miami’s victory and reestablished their three-goal advantage.

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