Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, the dynamic duo recently reunited at Inter Miami for the upcoming MLS season, kicked off the team’s preseason with a friendly match against the El Salvador national team. The match ended in a 0-0 draw, showcasing a somewhat quiet debut for the Barcelona legends.
Playing the first half together, Messi and Suarez, along with teammates Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, faced a determined El Salvador side. Despite a few good moments, the Barcelona quartet couldn’t break the deadlock, and the match remained scoreless.
Messi had a couple of scoring chances, including setting up Jordi Alba in the 39th minute, but El Salvador’s goalkeeper, Mario Gonzalez, made crucial saves. The Cuscatlán stadium was packed with enthusiastic fans, and El Salvador’s president, Nayib Bukele, welcomed Messi and the team at the Presidential House before the game.
The second half saw a more eventful period, marked by fiery confrontations between the teams, but neither side managed to find the winning goal. El Salvador showcased resilience and had some promising chances against Inter Miami’s star-studded lineup.
Goalkeeper Mario Gonzalez emerged as a key player for El Salvador, putting up a strong performance to deny Inter Miami’s formidable attacking duo. The match, though ending in a draw, provided an exciting start to Inter Miami’s preseason, leaving fans eager for the upcoming MLS campaign.