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Inter Miami 1-1 Newell's: Messi's Highlight Match


Football  •  16 Feb, 2024  •  74,395 Views  •  ⭐ 2.5

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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In a memorable evening that transcended the conventional boundaries of a preseason fixture, Inter Miami and Newell's Old Boys faced off in a friendly match that was anything but ordinary. This encounter was marked by the emotional return of Lionel Messi, who faced the club where his illustrious football journey began. Held in a draw of 1-1, the match was a testament to the Argentine superstar's enduring legacy and the profound connection he maintains with Newell's Old Boys. Beyond the competition, this game served as a poignant reminder of Messi's roots and offered fans a unique blend of nostalgia, top-tier football, and a celebration of a global icon's career that spans continents but is anchored in the heart of Rosario.

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Messi's Homecoming

Lionel Messi scores twice in first Inter Miami start
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The spotlight naturally gravitated towards Lionel Messi, as he donned the Inter Miami jersey to play against Newell's Old Boys. The significance of this match for Messi, who first joined Newell's as a six-year-old, was palpable. Despite his participation being limited to 60 minutes and missing out on scoring from a couple of significant chances, Messi's presence on the pitch was a spectacle in itself, offering more than just football.

The Tale of the Match

MATCH RECAP: Inter Miami CF Concludes 2024 Preseason With 1-1 Draw Against  Newell's Old Boys | Inter Miami CF
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From the kickoff, the match unfolded as a narrative of opportunities sought and squandered, with both teams showcasing moments of brilliance. Inter Miami, under the watchful eyes of their star-studded lineup, initially dominated, thanks in part to Shanyder Borgelin's impactful substitution. However, their control was challenged by defensive lapses that eventually led to Newell's clinching an equalizer, turning the match into a narrative of resilience and tactical battles.

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Gearing Up for the Season Ahead

Messi, Inter Miami end preseason with 1-1 tie vs. his childhood club  Newell's Old Boys
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As the final whistle blew, the focus for Inter Miami swiftly transitioned towards preparation for their MLS season opener against Real Salt Lake. The friendly against Newell's served as a critical juncture for assessing the squad's readiness, particularly emphasizing the fitness and form of its veteran players.

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