Scoreless for first time in the Lionel Messi era, Inter Miami ties Nashville 0-0

Inter Miami failed to score for the first time since Lionel Messi joined the team, playing a scoreless draw with Nashville. (Pic: AFP)

Updated On: 2023-08-31 09:09 PM IST

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Lionel Messi (Pic: AFP)

Messi failed to convert two free kick attempts in his first Major League Soccer match at home, and it was the first time during his Inter Miami tenure that he was kept off the score sheet.

Inter Miami still earned a point in the standings as it looks to make a late-season playoff push. Miami entered the game 11 points shy of the MLS playoff line and needing to move up from 14th to ninth place to make the playoffs with 11 regular-season matches left.

Miami had won its previous nine matches as Messi's addition gave the team an immediate boost. He has scored 11 goals, including three multi-goal performances

Inter Miami coach Tata Martino said despite its success, the team is still gelling after undergoing so many changes over the past two months. Miami hired Martino in June, weeks after firing Phil Neville. Miami had the worst record of the 15 Eastern Conference teams at the time, but with Messi won all seven of its Leagues Cup matches and its U.S. Open Cup semifinal match

Since Messi's arrival, the club also signed his former Barcelona teammates, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba.

(With AP inputs)

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