Inter Miami vs Newell’s: Messi Faced off Against his Boyhood Club

A thrilling friendly cup match took place on 15th February, 2024, between Inter Miami and Lionel Messi’s boyhood club, Newell’s Old Boys (an Argentine sports club) at DRV PNK Stadium. Despite of both teams showcasing their skills and strategies, the match was ended in a 1-1 draw.

Inter Miami's Messi and Newell's Perez
Lionel Messi of Inter Miami and Pablo Perez of Newell’s. Getty images

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Key Players

Miami’s lineup included Callender, Yedlin, Aviles, Allen, Alba, Gregore, Campana, Ruiz, Gressel, Suarez, and Lionel Messi.

Newell’s Old Boys fielded Macagno, Mendez, Velasquez, Glavinovich, Martino, Diaz, Fernandez, May, Banega, Aguirre, and Ramirez.

Messi’s Performance

Lionel Messi, the Argentine superstar, played for 60 minutes against his boyhood club, Newell’s Old Boys. Although Messi did not score, he was involved in several key plays and appeared to be fully healthy.

Brief Highlights

Both teams played really well. Despite of their best efforts first half was ended with a nil-nil score. However, the second half ignites with sparkes with a goal in the 64th minute by Shanyder Borgelin of Miami . However, Franco Díaz of Newell’s Old Boys equalized in the 83rd minute. At the end, the match was ended with 1-1 scoreline.

Game Statistics

StatisticMiami Newell’s
Shots1316
Shots on Target36
Possession58%42%
Passes543420
Pass Accuracy87%85%
Fouls1410
Yellow Cards11
Red Cards00
Offsides19
Corners21

Brief Timeline of the Match

MinuteEvent
64’Goal by Shanyder Borgelin (Miami)
72’Substitution: Israel Boatwright replaces Jordi Alba (Miami)
78’Substitution: Ryan Sailor replaces Tomás Avilés (Miami)
79’Substitution: Armando Méndez replaces Augusto Schott (Newell’s Old Boys)
83’Goal by Franco Díaz (Newell’s Old Boys)
90’+4’Second Half ends, Inter Miami 1, Newell’s Old Boys 1

Upcoming Matches of Inter Miami

Miami’s upcoming matches include games against Real Salt Lake on 22nd February and Los Angeles Galaxy on 26th February.

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