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Cincinnati vs Inter Miami: US Open Cup Semifinal Highlights


Football  •  24 Aug, 2023  •  2,243 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Anand Swami


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In the electrifying U.S. Open Cup semifinals, Inter Miami went head-to-head with FC Cincinnati. Both were fiercely battling for a coveted place in the finals. With Lionel Messi's brilliance and FC Cincinnati's unwavering determination, the match unfolded as a roller-coaster of emotions, transitioning from being two goals down to a nerve-wracking penalty shootout. Here are the pivotal moments that kept fans captivated.

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From Behind the 8-Ball: Inter Miami's Comeback

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Having been 2-0 down against a formidable Cincinnati side, Inter Miami displayed exceptional resilience. Led by Lionel Messi, Miami made a robust comeback. Messi set up two assists for Leo Campana, levelling the score at 2-2 and reinforcing why he remains at the pinnacle of the sport. This turnaround underscored Inter Miami's indefatigable spirit. Cincinnati, even after their early ascendancy, found themselves challenged by a reinvigorated team.

Extra-Time Thrills and Spills

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As if the drama wasn't enough, Josef Martinez handed Inter Miami the lead during extra time, but Yuya Kubo was quick to equalize for Cincinnati. Messi got a golden opportunity to clinch the victory with a free-kick, but his attempt didn't find the mark, paving the way for a penalty shootout. Every moment of this match was a testament to the sheer determination of both teams, with potential heroes emerging from either camp.

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Penalty Shootout Drama

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Goalkeeper Drake Callender stood tall for Inter Miami, pulling off a pivotal save against Nick Hagglund. Benjamin Cremaschi netted the winning penalty, propelling Miami to the Cup final and preserving Messi's unbeaten streak. The tension of the situation was palpable, as players from both teams grappled with the immense pressure. Callender's save was the turning point, tipping the scales in Miami's favour.

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