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Lionel Messi’s return to Inter Miami: what was his first game of the year against El Salvador like?

Lionel Messi’s return to Inter Miami: what was his first game of the year against El Salvador like?

Las Garzas were visitors at the Cuscatlán Stadium and played their first friendly match. The ‘Pulga’ played 45 minutes and the match ended 0-0.

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Lionel Messi returned to Inter Miami and played the first preseason friendly match against the national team of The Savior at the Cusatlán Stadium. As visitors, the Herons could not prevail over the rival and managed to draw 0-0.

In addition to the return of captain of the Argentine National Team to the squad, who debuted with the American team shirt was Luis Suarezhis companion and friend since Barcelona. Both played 45 minutes and were replaced by Facundo Darías and Leonardo Campana.

Lionel Messi’s return to Inter Miami: what was the first friendly match like?

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The team that Tata Martino chose to start the match against El Salvador.

The team that Tata Martino chose to start the match against El Salvador.

He former PSG player He fulfilled his role as captain and had an active role in the match, however, this was not enough since the rival team knew how to have its opportunities. Even before the first quarter of an hour, he had a deflected shot from Nelson Bonilla and another from Darwin Cerén that the Inter Miami goalkeeper had to save.

The response of the team led by Tata Martino was in the hands of Lionel Messi, who at 35′ shot at the goal and the rival goalkeeper, Mario González, contained the ball. Then, at 39′, the captain was once again the protagonist of the play and from midfield he gave a pass to Jordi Alba, making him one-on-one with the goalkeeper, who took the ball to the corner.

After the first half, the Argentine coach made changes, who took out Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez and replaced them with Facundo Farías and Leonardo Campana. At the same time, David Ruiz and Christopher McVey They replaced Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets.

After these replacements the game was never the same again and the Farías leaving on a stretcher worried everyone since the forward already suffered a partial rupture of the cruciate ligament in September 2022, which left him off the field for eight months.

Finally, without modifications on the part of El Salvador, and with 10 men for Martino’s team, Inter Miami’s first friendly match ended no goals.

How Lionel Messi’s preseason will continue with Inter Miami

This Monday, the preseason of the captain of the Argentine National Team with the Herons will continue before dallas. On Monday, January 29, it will be before Al Hilaly on Thursday, February 1, they will face the Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr.

On the 4th of that same month, they will play a local team of Hong Kongon the 7th he will face Vissel Kobe of Japan and finally on February 15 he will return to the DRV PNK Stadium to play against Newell’s. The official MLS debut of the team co-owned by David Beckham will be February 21 against Real Salt Lake of premises.

Source: Ambito

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