Inter Miami's celebration of Lionel Messi's goal that gives them a partial lead against FC Dallas (Credit: Logan Riely/Getty Images)

(Reuters) -- Lionel Messi scored twice in Inter Miami's advance to the quarterfinals of the Leagues Cup and a penalty shootout after concluding a 4-4 match against FC Dallas on Sunday night in Frisco. Texas.

Messi also helped Benjamin Cremaschi score for Inter Miami, which had not won in 11 consecutive Leagues Club games before the Argentine star joined the team last month.

Cremaschi also scored the decisive penalty that allowed Inter Miami to win 3-5, whose next match will be against whoever wins the match between the Houston Dynamo and Charlotte FC.

Facundo Quignon, Bernard Kamungo and Alan Velasco scored for FC Dallas, which had a 3-1, 4-2 lead before losing control of the match. Paxton Pomykal was the only penalty taker to miss, sending FC Dallas' second shot over the crossbar.

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Despite the exit from the tournament, FC Dallas is the first team to hold Inter Miami in a draw for 90 minutes since Messi debuted in the group stage of the tournament.


Messi gave Miami the lead in the sixth minute when he took advantage of a Jordi Alba cross and shot left-footed for the first time from the edge of the penalty area into the bottom left corner of the net.

The referees originally ruled the goal offside due to striker Josef Martinez's position on the play. But that call was reversed after a video review, where referee Cesar Ramos ruled that Martinez did not impede goalkeeper Maarten Paes' ability to save the ball.

After Dallas turned the game around and finally took a 4-2 lead, Miami benefited from an own goal before Messi fired a free kick into the top right corner past Paes' dive.

It was reminiscent of Messi's first goal for Inter Miami, when he scored from another dead ball to decide a 2-1 victory over Cruz Azul in the group stage of the tournament.

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