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Inter Miami vs Hong Kong: Messi's team, despite him being benched, wins 4-1

Despite absence of Messi and Suarez, game showcased moments of intense competition

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Inter Miami vs Hong Kong: Miami wins 4-1, (L) Messi, Suarez remain benched (R).—The Standard
Inter Miami vs Hong Kong: Miami wins 4-1, (L) Messi, Suarez remain benched (R).—The Standard

Hong Kong faced a 4-1 defeat against Inter Miami, leaving the crowd disappointed as football sensations Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez did not grace the pitch, The Standard reported. 

Despite the absence of these stars, the game showcased moments of intense competition.

The match began with both teams displaying a high-tempo pressing style, with the Hong Kong team managing to keep up in shot attempts despite Inter Miami's dominant possession. 

The first half witnessed a close battle, with the home team's initial attempt in a free kick hitting the crossbar, denying Mikael Severo a chance to impress Inter's owner, David Beckham.

Inter Miami's left-winger, Robert Taylor, broke the deadlock with a precise shot past Hong Kong's keeper Yapp Hung-fai. The local team retaliated before the first half concluded, as Henri Anier found the back of the net, drawing thunderous roars from the Hong Kong Stadium audience.

The second half introduced a special rule allowing extensive player substitutions. Hong Kong coach Jorn Andersen utilised this opportunity, making 10 changes, except for left-back Li Ngai-hoi. However, Inter Miami continued to dominate, doubling their lead with goals from Lawson Sunderland and Leonardo Campana.

Messi's former Barcelona teammates, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, entered the game in the 61st minute to applause from the local crowd. Despite Ryan Sailor adding another goal for Inter, the match concluded with a 4-1 victory, yet the stadium resonated with boos as Messi and Suarez remained on the sidelines throughout the game.