Inter Miami rests Lionel Messi against Atlanta United and suffers a 5-2 defeat. It is the Argentine’s first defeat since his debut.
Inter Miami loses significantly against Atlanta United without Lionel Messi. – keystone
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Inter Miami lost for the first time since Messi’s debut. Against Atlanta United there was a 2:5 defeat, Messi was rested. Xherdan Shaqiri sat on the bench at the beginning of Chicago’s goalless draw.
Without Lionel Messi, Inter Miami was unsuccessful, and their second-to-last place in the Eastern Division is proof of that. With the Argentine came success and the first title in the club’s history. But Miami is dependent on the superstar. This becomes apparent when it is missing.
He wasn’t in the starting line-up for the game against Atlanta United and wasn’t on the bench either. He was rested and reportedly did not travel with the team. It is the second game in a row without Messi.
After the international matches, Lionel Messi was rested by Inter Miami. – keystone
And at the beginning it looked as if Miami could win without Messi – like it did against Kansas a week ago. Leonardo Campana gives the guests the lead after 25 minutes. But before the break there was a triple counterattack: Tristan Muyumbe (36′), Kamal Miller with an own goal (41′) and Brooke Lennon (44′) turned the game around.
Campana brought Inter Miami closer again shortly after the break with a penalty. But in the final quarter of an hour, Georgios Giakoumakis (76′) and Tyler Wolff (89′) decide the game. Atlanta wins clearly with 5:2 and remains in the playoff race.
Inter Miami fans are very worried about the superstar after missing two games. Coach Gerardo Martino tried to calm them down before the game. There are a lot of games in a short time, you have to be careful so that nobody gets injured. When asked whether Lionel Messi was injured, he answered with a short “no”.
Xherdan Shaqiri was also initially only on the bench for Chicago Fire. In the game in Montreal, the Swiss came on as a substitute at the start of the second half. But he couldn’t help his team score a goal and the game ended 0-0.
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