Despite of Messi’s absence, Inter Miami Clinched 4-1 win against Hong Kong XI

In a recent friendly match, Major League Soccer (MLS) powerhouse Inter Miami CF faced off against Hong Kong XI, a top-tier team from the Hong Kong Premier League. The game, held at the Hong Kong Stadium, ended in a resounding 4-1 victory for Inter Miami.

Inter Miami's Lionel Messi, sixth from left, looks on from the bench during the friendly football match between Hong Kong Team and US Inter Miami CF at the Hong Kong Stadium in Hong Kong.
Inter Miami’s Lionel Messi, sixth from left, looks on from the bench during the friendly football match between Hong Kong Team and US Inter Miami CF at the Hong Kong Stadium in Hong Kong. Louise Delmotte – staff, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Key Players

Miami’s star-studded lineup included icons like Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, and Luis Suarez. Although striker Suarez and Messi, the team captain, couldn’t play due to a slight hamstring injury, the team clinched a remarkable win in their first preseason outing.

Brief Highlights

The match showcased intense moments, with Robert Taylor scoring a brilliant shot for Miami just before half-time. Despite Henri Anier’s quick response for Hong Kong XI, Miami dominated the second half. Lawson Sunderland and Leonardo Campana contributed to the 3-1 lead, and Ryan Sailor sealed the deal with a header five minutes before the final whistle.

Since this was a friendly match, neither Miami nor Hong Kong XI experienced any change in their table positions.

Brief Timeline

  • 40 Minutes: Robert Taylor scores for Miami
  • 43 Minutes: Henri Anier levels for Hong Kong XI
  • 50 Minutes: Lawson Sunderland restores Miami’s lead
  • 56 Minutes: Leonardo Campana makes it 3-1 with an assist from Lawson Sunderland
  • 85 Minutes: Ryan Sailor heads a fourth for Miami

What’s Next for Inter Miami?

Key match for Inter Miami will be against LA Galaxy on 26 February.

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