Inter Miami vs Vissel Kobe: Despite Messi’s entrance, Penalty Shootout Decided the game!

Inter Miami CF clashed with Vissel Kobe, the reigning J1 League champions, in an international friendly held at the Japan National Stadium in Tokyo. Despite a goalless draw in regular time, Vissel Kobe secured victory with a 4-3 triumph in the penalty shootout.

Messi of Inter Miami
Lionel Messi of Inter Miami. Getty images

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Key Players

Miami’s lineup boasted renowned figures like Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, both former Barcelona stars. Messi, recovering from an adductor injury, made a significant impact off the bench during the final 30 minutes. On the opposing side, Vissel Kobe showcased Yuya Osako, the former Japanese Player of the Year, renowned for his 24-goal tally in 2023.

Brief Highlights

While Vissel Kobe dominated proceedings, their failure to capitalize on scoring opportunities proved costly. Notably, Yuya Osako squandered three clear-cut chances, altering the outcome. Messi’s second-half introduction injected vitality into Miami’s offense. Despite both teams’ endeavors, the deadlock persisted, culminating in a penalty shootout. Ultimately, Vissel Kobe clinched victory with Nanasei Lino’s decisive spot-kick, prevailing 4-3.

Brief Timeline (Inter Miami vs Vissel Kobe)

15′Yuya Osako (Vissel Kobe) strikes the post twice in quick succession
45′First half concludes with a 0-0 stalemate
60′Lionel Messi (Inter Miami) enters replacing David Ruiz
90′Regulation time ends in a goalless draw
Penalty ShootoutVissel Kobe triumphs 4-3

Upcoming Matches

Miami is scheduled to face Newell’s Old Boys at DRV PNK Stadium on Thursday, February 16. Meanwhile, Vissel Kobe is gearing up for the Japanese Super Cup final against Kawasaki on Feb. 17, followed by their league kickoff on Feb. 23.

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