Lionel Messi scores as Inter Miami upset Charlotte FC

Leo Messi has helped Inter Miami reach the Leagues Cup final.

Lionel Messi’s 86th-minute goal helped Inter Miami defeat FC Charlotte 4-0 at DRV PNK Stadium on Friday.

Lionel Messi’s early goals left fans wanting more, but when they came, they were ecstatic.

Inter Miami reached the Leagues Cup semifinals with five wins in five games.

The Philadelphia Union-Querétaro match, which was deadlocked in the second half, has been decided.

Messi scored within eight minutes of his first three Inter Miami starts. He scored in the eighth, seventh, and sixth minutes.

In this game, he didn’t need the opening theatrics.

Josef Martinez scored a penalty kick in 12′ and Robert Taylor scored in 32′ to lead 2-0 at halftime.

An own goal in the 78th minute gave Inter Miami the lead over Charlotte, which wasted its chances.

Messi, who joined Miami MLS last month, scored again to send the crowd home happy.

Leonard Campana’s 86th-minute assist helped Messi maintain his world-class status.

Messi has eight goals in three games.

Leo Messi has helped Inter Miami win the League Cup.

Messi’s ball to Diego Gomez in the middle tested Charlotte. A sliding Charlotte defender, Adilson Malanda, stole Gomez’s pass and scored an own goal to give Inter Miami a 3-0 lead late in the second half.

Robert Taylor saw Messi waiting in the middle of the pitch. Messi’s left boot brightened a drab second half. Charlotte’s Adilson Malanda blocked Messi’s 70th-second shot. Messi is scoreless in his fifth Inter-Miami match.