Inter Miami Secures Preseason Victory; Messi Absent in 4-1 Win

Inter Miami Secures Preseason Victory; Messi Absent in 4-1 Win

Inter Miami had a tough start to their preseason games but finally won a match, beating a Hong Kong XI 4-1 on Sunday. This win came after facing difficulties in their first four preseason games, including a 6-0 loss to Cristiano Ronaldo's Al Nassr. However, fans were surprised when star player Lionel Messi didn't play in the friendly match.

Messi, who has won the Ballon d'Or eight times, was dealing with a hamstring injury, so he couldn't play. Even though Coach Gerardo 'Tata' Martino had said Messi would probably play, his absence made the match more unexpected.

Martino also chose not to start other experienced players from Barcelona, like Sergio Busquets, Luis Suárez, and Jordi Alba. This decision allowed other players to get a chance to shine and contribute to the team's success.

The coach of the Hong Kong XI, Jørn Andersen, talked about the challenges his team faced. He mentioned that they had limited time to prepare, saying, "It was not easy because we only had this player one day in one day training." This lack of practice time was evident, especially when compared to Inter Miami, who trained together every day during their preseason.

Despite the difficulties faced by the home team, Andersen was happy with their performance, especially in the first half. He said their lack of familiarity with each other affected them, but overall, it was a positive experience for every player involved.

The match started with Robert Taylor scoring for Miami in the 40th minute with a well-placed shot from the edge of the penalty area. However, the joy was short-lived as Henry Anier quickly scored for the Hong Kong XI, making it 1-1 at halftime.

In the second half, Lawson Sunderland put Miami back in the lead after an assist from Ryan Sailor. Miami extended their lead with a deflected shot from Leonardo Campana, making it 3-1. Bringing in Busquets and Alba during the second half made Miami even stronger, and Sailor sealed the victory with a header.

This win was Inter Miami's first in five preseason games, giving relief to the team and fans. Previous losses, especially the big one to Al Nassr, had raised concerns about the team's readiness for the upcoming season.

Looking ahead, Inter Miami will continue their preseason tour, playing against Vissel Kobe in Japan on Wednesday. The team aims to build on the momentum from the Hong Kong victory and fine-tune their strategies for the challenges in the Major League Soccer (MLS) season.

Messi not playing in the Hong Kong match raises the question: How will Messi's injury affect Inter Miami in the upcoming matches? Also, with the Barcelona trio starting on the bench, does this mean the team is relying less on experienced players, giving a chance for younger players to shine?

While Sunday's win is positive for Inter Miami, questions remain about their overall readiness for the MLS season. The upcoming match against Vissel Kobe is another chance to see how well the team works together.

In conclusion, Inter Miami's win over the Hong Kong XI has both good and thoughtful aspects. The victory shows the team's ability to adapt, but Messi's absence and the decision to bench experienced players raise interesting questions about the team's strategies and preparations for the challenges ahead. As the preseason tour continues, fans eagerly wait for answers and hope to see a strong performance from Inter Miami in the upcoming MLS season.

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