Cruz Azul will play Inter Miami As it happened, Lionel Messi scored on his first appearance.

In the final seconds of extra time during his first game for Inter Miami, Lionel Messi scored, giving Inter Miami a 2-1 victory over Cruz Azul.

Messi came on as a replacement during the Leagues Cup game in the 54th minute, and he made an impressive debut by winning a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area and expertly curling the game-winning goal into the top corner of the net, according to AFP.

Lionel Messi’s strike made him the first player in history to score a free kick on his or her professional debut.

Lionel Messi secured a pivotal free-kick opportunity just beyond the penalty box in the last minutes of the Leagues Cup encounter against Cruz Azul with the score tied at 1-1, setting himself up properly for his legendary left foot.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner took a brief minute to evaluate the positioning of Cruz Azul goalkeeper Andres Gudino before concentrating on the task at hand. He steadily and sweetly curled the ball high and into the top corner, beating the keeper to his right and completing an amazing triumph.

Miami’s DRV PNK Stadium, which could hold 20,000 spectators, exploded in enthusiasm, forcing some fans to rush onto the pitch before being stopped by security. Miami’s signature pink smoke bombs were detonated in the area behind the goal, which was set aside for the team’s ardent supporters, creating an exciting scene.

Miami and Major League Soccer are hoping that the addition of the World Cup champion and all-time great from Argentina will change the sport and help it gain popularity in the United States.

Messi still has a lot to contribute, if his debut for Barcelona is any indication.

He had already appeared attentive and sharp before to his great goal, his touch belying the fact that, up until a little over a week ago, he had been on a family vacation on a Caribbean beach.

Messi’s old Barça teammate Sergio Busquets, who has accompanied him on his American journey, also had an impact after they both entered the game in the 54th minute as a part of a triple substitution with Venezuelan Josef Martinez.

After spending more than two years away, Busquets demonstrated that he and Messi still have an almost telepathic understanding by delivering passes to the Argentine’s feet from all directions.

However, Inter Miami supporters will remember Messi’s spectacular finish for a very long time.

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