Inter Miami vs Charlotte FC: Inter Miami Ultimate Winning Over Charlotte FC By 4-0

Inter Miami vs Charlotte FC: With a 4-0 victory over Charlotte FC in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday, Inter Miami‘s transformation under new captain Lionel Messi continues.

With only four minutes remaining and Miami leading by three goals, Messi’s eighth goal in five games since his arrival provided the ideal conclusion for the over 22,000 spectators present at DRV PNK Stadium.

Inter Miami vs Charlotte FC: Inter Miami 1, Charlotte 0

Martinez’s successful penalty kick in the 12th minute gave Inter Miami a 1-0 advantage.

Inter Miami vs Charlotte FC: Inter Miami 2, Charlotte 0

The second goal for Miami was scored soon after the 30-minute mark. DeAndre Yedlin, a representative of the United States, spotted the run of a wide-open spot as Messi’s surge into the penalty area attracted the attention of numerous Charlotte defenders. Robert Taylor scored by sweeping in a low shot from the area’s center, giving Inter Miami a 2-0 advantage.

Inter Miami vs Charlotte FC
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – AUGUST 11: Robert Taylor #16 of Inter Miami CF celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal in the first half during the Leagues Cup 2023 quarterfinals match between Charlotte FC and Inter Miami CF at DRV PNK Stadium on August 11, 2023 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Taylor has most likely benefited from Messi’s presence more than any other player. The Finnish midfielder had four goals in five games while playing with the Argentine great after scoring five goals in 52 MLS matches before Messi.

The team has had a similar effect. Since the player with more than 800 career goals arrived, Miami has been scoring at a rate of more than three goals per game, up from one goal per game on average as one of the lowest scorers in MLS.

Miami’s defense held its own at home after giving up four goals in a chaotic round-of-16 triumph at FC Dallas on Sunday.

Charlotte didn’t get a shot on goal until the 55th minute thanks to Miami’s backline being protected by Messi’s former Barcelona colleague Sergio Busquets.

Inter Miami vs Charlotte FC: Inter Miami 3, Charlotte 0

Before Miami put the outcome beyond question at the other end in minute 78, Charlotte FC made many scoring chances early in the second half

Inter Miami vs Charlotte FC
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – AUGUST 11: Lionel Messi #10 of Inter Miami CF celebrates after scoring a goal in the second half during the Leagues Cup 2023 quarterfinals match between Charlotte FC and Inter Miami CF at DRV PNK Stadium on August 11, 2023 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Messi continued to exert pressure on the opposite end. He let Diego Gomez free with a pinpoint pass down the left side with 12 minutes remaining, and Charlotte defender Adilson Malanda turned the substitute’s cross into his own goal that, late in the second half, gave Inter Miami a 3-0 advantage.

Inter Miami vs Charlotte FC: Inter Miami 4, Charlotte 0

Messi broke through the Charlotte defense with a through pass to Diego Gomez, whose low cross Charlotte center-back Malanda deflected into his own goal.

Inter Miami vs Charlotte FC
Inter Miami’s Argentine forward #10 Lionel Messi waves as his team celebrates victory at the conclusion of the Concacaf Leagues Cup quarterfinal football match between Inter Miami and Charlotte at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on August 11, 2023. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP) (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

As the clock wound down, it appeared like Messi might not have scored in his previous Miami appearances. However, in the 87th minute, he later discovered a Leonardo Campana cross in the net to bring his League Cup goal total to eight in five games. On his way to his sixth victory, Messi has eight goals in his Inter Miami career.

Inter Miami vs Charlotte FC: Miami will face Philadelphia Next

Miami will attempt to maintain their spectacular turnaround since welcoming the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner when they travel to play the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia Union on Tuesday.

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