Inter Miami held to draw with Nashville in Messi's home MLS debut
Inter Miami CF, a Major League Soccer team, extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games in a recent match against Nashville SC.
The match marked Inter Miami's first home game since the arrival of soccer star Lionel Messi.
Despite Messi's presence, the game ended in a 0-0 draw, resulting in Inter Miami dropping two crucial points.
Messi, known for his goal-scoring abilities, had an off night by his standards, failing to contribute a goal or assist for the first time since joining Inter Miami.
Messi led all players with seven shots during the match and had a late chance to score, but Nashville's keeper, Elliot Panicco, denied his shot.
Prior to this draw, Messi had played nine games for Inter Miami since joining in July, winning all nine either from the run of play or via penalty shootouts.
Nashville's defensive strategy frustrated Inter Miami and their coach Gerardo 'Tata' Martino throughout the match.
Martino expressed his frustration about the compressed schedule and lack of training time with the team since taking over.
Despite the draw, Inter Miami fans still have high hopes for Messi's performance, as shown by their excitement for his free kick attempts.
The draw leaves Inter Miami with 22 points and 10 games left to play in the season, trailing the final playoff spot currently held by the Chicago Fire by 10 points.
Inter Miami's next match will be against LAFC, followed by a break before facing Sporting Kansas City, although they will be without Messi and several players due to international call-ups.