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Without Messi, Inter Miami loses US Open Cup final to Houston Dynamo

Inter Miami had a Wednesday (27) night to forget. Playing at home, at the DRV PNK Stadium, in Fort Lauderdale, the Herons were defeated by the Houston Dynamo 2-1 and finished runner-up in the US Open Cup.

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Thus, it was not this time that Lionel Messi became, in isolation, the athlete with the most titles in the history of world football. Leo Messi was missing once again at Inter Miami and did not even remain on the bench, as well as left-back Jordi Alba.

Spanish midfielder Sergio Busquets was the only star on the Florida team who started among the starters. And Houston Dynamo took advantage, winning at their rival’s home to take the title.

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Namely, owner of the champion club, NBA star James Harden was on the pitch at the DRV PNK Stadium, in Florida, and followed the decision. The Philadelphia 76ers star greeted David Beckham, who is one of the owners of Inter Miami, and was thrilled with his team’s goals and title.

The US Cup final was also attended by FIFA president Gianni Infantino. Outside the match, Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba were illustrious fans of Inter Miami, as well as the team’s owner, former star David Beckham and former Real Madrid coach Zin√©dine Zidane.

The first goal of the match came in the 24th minute, Griffin Dorsey arrived with a shot inside the area and hit a bomb, which filled goalkeeper Drake Callender’s net.

Already in the 33rd minute, the Texan team had a penalty awarded in their favor and, on the kick, Amine Bassi increased it.

Houston even scored a third goal in the final stage, but it ended up being disallowed. In stoppage time, Josef Martínez, who came on during the match, scored the only goal for Inter Miami.

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