Messi and Alba put Inter Miami in the final of the Leagues Cup


Inter Miami qualified this Wednesday morning for the Leagues Cup final after beating the Philadelphia Union (1-4) in the semifinals with a stellar performance by Argentine striker Lionel Messi and Spanish winger Jordi Alba, who scored his first goal with the Florida team.

The Miami club’s dominance at Subaru Park was reflected from the start, with a goal after three minutes from Venezuelan Josef Martinez. The team coached by Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino dominated fiercely from then on, thanks to a Sergio Busquets who directed the midfield with mastery.

The superiority was made good by Messi, who took the opportunity to score the second thanks to a long shot. Meanwhile, on the brink of halftime, Alba took advantage of a defensive mismatch to stand up to Andre Blake and define with a final cross shot that left the game practically sentenced after the first half.

The Philadelphia Union reacted after going through the changing rooms, but it was not enough to worry the Miami team; Despite the fact that those from Pennsylvania closed the gap through Alejandro Bedoya, David Ruiz responded quickly to score the final 1-4.

With this victory, Inter Miami reached the final of the tournament and qualified directly for the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup. Thus, they will seek the first title in their history against Nashville SC, who eliminated Monterrey in the other semifinal, with ownership including Spanish midfielder Sergio Canales.