Inter Miami hasn’t lost since Lionel Messi joined the team, but the Herons were shut out by Nashville in their MLS match on Wednesday. The game ended in a scoreless tie, with both teams getting a point.
This is the first time Messi has played in a game where Inter Miami didn’t score.
The No. 10 didn’t give up; he took seven shots and tried to score with his right foot late in the game, but Nashville goalie Elliot Panicco stopped it.
But Nashville didn’t give up for 90 minutes, and they fully deserved the result they got.
As usual, Messi brought some famous people to DRV PNK Stadium to watch him play.
Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, was in Miami on Wednesday night to watch Inter Miami play. Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. were also in South Florida to watch the game.
In fact, Griffey looked like he was doing something. The Seattle Mariners legend was wearing a fluorescent vest and holding a camera on the field on Wednesday night, which showed that he was working as a photographer.
Even though the MLB Hall of Famer didn’t get to see a typical Messi moment, it was a fun rematch of the Leagues Cup Final, which Miami won 11 days ago by beating Nashville on penalties.
Nashville didn’t have striker Sam Surridge or USA defender Walker Zimmerman, so they spent most of the first half trying to make things hard for Messi and the rest of the team.
The visitors didn’t have much of a chance to score until Hany Mukhtar came on at halftime. However, Kamal Miller poked the ball away from the German’s feet, stopping the goal.
Later, Mukhtar passed the ball to Jacob Shaffelburg, but the winger’s shot was too close to Miami goalie Drake Callender, who blocked it.
The home team had the ball 70% of the time, but they weren’t very close to scoring.
Messi missed on two close-range free kicks, and even though he and his teammates got into good positions in the Nashville box, the end result was not good.