Messi participates and gets opportunities, but Vissel Kobe wins a friendly 4-3 on penalties against Inter Miami


Despite the fact that Lionel Messi played for only thirty minutes in Inter Miami’s most recent exhibition match in Asia, which took place on Wednesday in Tokyo, he still managed to leave some fans wanting more. This comes after Messi’s disappointing performance in Hong Kong.

Messi came off the bench for the final half hour of the game, energizing his teammates, and possibly having the best opportunity of the match in the 80th minute with two efforts from point blank that were both denied by the Vissel Kobe defense.

Following a conventional encounter that ended in a scoreless draw, the game was decided by penalty kicks, which Vissel won by a score of 4-3. However, Messi did not take a penalty, which resulted in jeers from the audience of 28,614 people in the National Stadium in Tokyo, which has a capacity of 68,000 people.

Kobe wins a friendly 4-3 on penalties against Inter Miami
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Although it was not nearly as loud as the booing that occurred in Hong Kong after Lionel Messi was forced to sit out the entire game due to a groin ailment, it was still a significant amount. Several fans made requests for refunds.

The public relations disaster was addressed by the Argentina star during a rare press conference that took place in Tokyo on Tuesday. He expressed his regret for the situation.

Fans were left guessing until he began warming up in the second half, which drew loud shouts from the audience. He had previously stated that he was uncertain about whether or not he would be fit enough to play in Tokyo.

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Gerardo Martino, the coach of Inter Miami, stated that Messi reported that he was feeling okay after practice on Tuesday evening. As a result, the team decided that Messi would play for thirty minutes. After the game is over, we are really pleased with ourselves since Messi appeared to be in a very comfortable position.

The final match of Inter Miami’s global promotional tour was place in Tokyo. The tour encompassed a number of countries, including El Salvador, Dallas, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, and finally culminating in Tokyo.

Only one of Inter’s six games was won by the club. Newell’s Old Boys, Messi’s boyhood club from Rosario, Argentina, will be the opponent for the final game of the Miami preseason, which will take place in Florida on February 16. Many people anticipate that he will complete his career there.

There are a number of former Barcelona players currently playing for Inter Miami, including Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Jordi Alba, and Sergio Busquets.

Andres Iniesta, another former Barcelona star, played for Vissel Kobe for a number of seasons in Japan. Prior to the match, he gave a brief speech to the audience.


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