- August 16, 2023 06:36FULL TIME
And that is it. Messi and Inter Miami are into the Leagues Cup final. They will either face Monterrey or Nashville on August 19thRead the full report here
- August 16, 2023 06:3490’
Three added minutes
- August 16, 2023 06:3187’ Substitution for Philly
OUT: Gazdag IN: Torres
- August 16, 2023 06:3187’ Substitutions for Inter Miami
OUT: Arroyo IN: McVey; OUT: Alba IN: Allen
- August 16, 2023 06:2784’ Ruiz makes it 4-1
Now it’s done and dusted. Yedlin with a superb run on the right flank before sending it inside the box towards Ruiz who slotted it in to seal the deal!
- August 16, 2023 06:2380’
Into the final 10 minutes and Philadelphia is still trailing by 2 goals. It needs a miracle here to pull off a draw, let alone a win
- August 16, 2023 06:1874’ Substitution for Inter Miami
OUT: Cremaschi IN: Ruiz
- August 16, 2023 06:1673’ Philly pulls one back
BEDOYA PULLS ONE BACK! Corner awarded for Philadelphia, a well directed ball comes into the box, takes a deflection off a Philly player and went towards Bedoya who found the back of the net with ease
- August 16, 2023 06:1471’ Substitutions for Philadelphia
OUT: Donovan IN: Sullivan; OUT: Bueno IN: Bedoya
- August 16, 2023 06:1369’
What a turn of events!! After Philly’s failed attempt at goal, Campana makes a solo run inside the box and shoots but is saved by Blake. Messi gets it on the rebound, shoots but it goes just wide!
- August 16, 2023 06:1267’
Great ball into the box from Wagner. Glesnes jumps to get his foot on the ball but fails to keep it on target
- August 16, 2023 06:0966’
Messi and Yedlin put up a protest after Gomez is fouled by Bueno, who is already on a yellow. But the referee thinks otherwise. Gomez is taken off the pitch to regain stamina and is back in after a short break
- August 16, 2023 06:06YELLOW CARD62’ Yellow card
Yedlin is booked for time wasting after delaying a throw in
- August 16, 2023 06:0561’ Substitution for Inter Miami
IN: Campana OUT: Martinez; IN: Gomez OUT: Taylor
- August 16, 2023 06:0460’
Sensational save from Callender. He’s been terrific throughout. Donovan tried to head it inside but a full length dive from the keeper denies a goal for Philly
- August 16, 2023 06:01CORNER58’
Wagner serves it in. Harriel gets the ball inside the box but the referee blows the whistle. Reason? handball
- August 16, 2023 06:0056’
Donovan gets the ball with no one but Callender between him and the goal. He successfully takes the ball past the keeper but fails to keep the shot on target as a chance goes begging
- August 16, 2023 05:5955’
Another similar attack from Miami. Messi to Cremaschi on the right. This time he takes matters in his own hands, takes it inside the box and tries to chip it over Blake but the ball goes wide
- August 16, 2023 05:5852’
Messi with a swift set of moves initiates a counter for Miami. He directs the ball towards Martinez inside the box, but he decides to leave it for Cremaschi on the right flank. The latter then tries to send in a cross but fails due to too much activity inside the box
- August 16, 2023 05:5550’
Philadelphia looks much more threatening this time around. Gazdag gets the ball on the left and he enters the final third. Sends in a dangerous cross but there’s no one to recieve it. Would’ve been a cakewalk had someone been inside the box
- August 16, 2023 05:5246’ Substitutions for Philadelphia
IN: McGlynn OUT: Flach; IN: Uhre OUT: Lowe
- August 16, 2023 05:50Second half underway
Wagner gets the ball rolling as Philly chases the unimaginable
- August 16, 2023 05:35Half time
What was touted to be an evenly poised matchup before the start, has become one-sided within the first half. Miami leads three goals to nil and Philadelphia has a mountain to climb in the second 45 minutes. The main takeaway from this half will be the relentless attempts from Miami that kept the defense thinking and made them pay when it mattered. Yet another demolition job awaits Miami
- August 16, 2023 05:3045+3’ Jordi Alba makes it 3-0
ALBA SCORES HIS FIRST IN MIAMI COLOURS! Wonderful composure from Taylor near the halfway line, who initiated the attack despite three defenders marking him. He pushed a through ball on the left towards a running Alba, who makes his way into the box to finish it without problem!
- August 16, 2023 05:2745’
Four added minutes
- August 16, 2023 05:2543’
Kyrsvtsov is down and in pain after he collided with Donovan in an attempt to win the ball near halfway line. He is back up shortly after
- August 16, 2023 05:2341’
Bueno tries to play one inside the box from the right flank but Busquets intercepts before the ball reaches Wagner
- August 16, 2023 05:2138’
Yedlin gets fouled and needs the medical team’s assistance. And the game resumes after a short hyderation break
- August 16, 2023 05:1633’
Harriel takes the kick this time. Sends it in, Wagner gets his head to it but it goes well wide. Miami and Callender can finally breath a sigh of relief
- August 16, 2023 05:1432’
Bueno takes the corner. Sends in a searching ball but there are too many Miami defenders inside the box and they clear it with ease. Another corner and Callender punches it out for yet another corner
- August 16, 2023 05:1431’
Free kick for Philly as Arroyo clips Glesnes’ boots. Harriel delivers it into the box but it is defended and eventually goes out for a corner
- August 16, 2023 05:1230’
Superb diving save from Callender. Gazdag tried his luck from a long way out but Callender anticipated it correctly as he dove to his right to save it comfortably
- August 16, 2023 05:0927’
Philadelphia has lost just once across competitions at home since 2022. Seems that spotless record is being undone by Messi and Co.
- August 16, 2023 05:07YELLOW CARD25’ Yellow card
Another Philly man is booked. Bueno is shown the yellow for a rash tackle on Arroyo
- August 16, 2023 05:05YELLOW CARD20’ Yellow card
Lowe is booked for the foul on Martinez during the buildup to Messi’s goal
- August 16, 2023 05:0220’ Messi doubles the lead
WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT! LIONEL MESSI SCORES HIS 9TH IN THE TOURNAMENT! Martinez with a superb pass despite being fouled by Lowe near the half way line. Messi gets it, takes a couple of steps forward and slotted it to the lower left corner from a long way out
- August 16, 2023 05:0119’
In this edition of the League Cup, Miami has never lost after scoring first and it will look to keep that record intact
- August 16, 2023 04:5817’
Alba showcases his brilliance with a superb long ball towards Martinez, who was marked by the last defender. He tries to shake him off but fails and finds Messi in the center and gets the ball back immediately but the attack is averted
- August 16, 2023 04:5514’
Philadelphia is getting exposed constantly but Martinez’ inability to retain ball posession near the box is proving costly for the away side
- August 16, 2023 04:5311’
Philadelphia getting more physical by each passing minute. Busquets looked to break away on the right flank but Wagner collides onto him to stop him in his tracks. Free kick for Miami but nothing happens
- August 16, 2023 04:519’
WHAT A CHANCE! Superb through ball from Wagner on the buildup as he found Gazdag inside the box. It was only the latter and Callender in close quarters but Gazdag hit it straight to the goalkeeper as an attempt goes begging
- August 16, 2023 04:497’
Miami with another attack. Jordi Alba initiates it as he finds Taylor on the left, who tried to take it to the final third but there is proper cover as he has to backtrack towards Arroyo and the attack fades away
- August 16, 2023 04:464’ Miami takes early lead
THREE MINUTES IN AND MARTINEZ OPENS THE SCORING FOR MIAMI! Wonderful long ball from Kyrsvtov that pierced through the defense and went straight to Martinez, whose first touch was excellent. And he slotted it to the left bottom corner past Blake
- August 16, 2023 04:453’
Inter Miami takes it slow and steady but has maintained posession for a good one, one and a half minutes. Messi’s side has resorted to this pattern, starting off slow, gain ball control and pressurise the opponent
- August 16, 2023 04:42Kick off!
Martinez gets the ball rolling as Inter Miami starts from left to right
- August 16, 2023 04:35Almost there
The players have made their way into the middle and the kick off is around the corner. Inter Miami has gone with an unchanged 11. Its skipper Lionel Messi felt a niggle during training yesterday but was declared fit to start after medical intervention. A chance for him to score his 9th for Inter Miami!
- August 16, 2023 04:16Leagues Cup form
Inter Miami: W-W-W-W-W
- August 16, 2023 04:00Philadelphia Union - Starting 11
- August 16, 2023 03:59Inter Miami - starting 11
- August 16, 2023 03:54PREVIEW
Lionel Messi and Inter Miami FC look to continue its storybook run in the Leagues Cup when it faces the host Philadelphia Union in a semifinal on Tuesday night in Chester.
Messi, the reigning World Cup Golden Ball winner for Argentina, made his debut for Miami as the Leagues Cup began after completing his signing with the Herons last month.
He’s been the most dynamic player in the competition contested among all 47 clubs of MLS and Liga MX, scoring eight goals and assisting two more while helping Miami post a 4-0-1 record in the tournament.
That’s a dramatic reversal of form for Miami, which is still in last in the MLS Eastern Conference regular season standings and had gone winless in 11 league games prior to Messi’s arrival.
“We’ve kind of been through a lot this year,” Miami goalkeeper Drake Callender said. “So for us to play well in Leagues Cup, for our first time in this tournament, has been good just to kind of build that morale, build that mentality, get that feeling of winning back.”
Miami cruised to a 4-0 win over Charlotte in a home quarterfinal on Friday night. But the Union on paper should provide the toughest test Messi’s Miami has faced and will mark only the second time Messi has hit the road in this tournament.
Philadelphia has won the last two Eastern Conference regular season titles and is third in those standings again this season after a slow start.
The Union are likely to have attacking midfielder Daniel Gazdag back in the fold after he missed Friday’s 2-1 quarterfinal win over Mexico side Queretaro with a mild knee sprain. However, regular-season scoring leader Julian Carranza could miss out after suffering a mild hamstring strain in the late stages of that win.
Gazdag has four goals this tournament -- including three from the penalty spot. Eight of his nine league goals have also come from penalties, and he also leads the Union with nine regular-season assists.
“He trained today fully and looked great,” Philly manager Jim Curtin said of Gazdag on Monday. “Happy to have him back and it’s a relief that it wasn’t more serious. He’s Hungarian. He’s tough by nature and he’s not missing this one.”
- August 16, 2023 03:33Predicted 11s
Philadelphia: Blake, Glesnes, Elliott, Lowe, Martinez, Mbaizo, Wagner, Anez, McGlynn, Carranza, Uhre
Inter Miami: Callender, Yedlin, Kryvtsov, Miller, Alba, Busquets, Arroyo, Cremaschi, Messi, Martinez, Taylor
- August 16, 2023 03:32Streaming/telecast information
When does the Leagues Cup semifinal between Inter Miami and Philadelphia start?
The Leagues Cup match between Inter Miami and Philadelphia will kick-off at 4:30am IST at the Subaru Park on August 16.
Where can I watch the Leagues Cup semifinal between Inter Miami and Philadelphia?
The Leagues Cup match between Inter Miami and Philadelphia can be live streamed on Apple TV+ in India. The match unfortunately, will not be telecast in India.
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