Inter Miami's Unbeaten Run Ends with 2-3 Home Loss to Montreal

Inter Miami’s Unbeaten Run Ends with 2-3 Home Loss to Montreal

Inter Miami’s unbeaten start to the season came to an abrupt end on Sunday as they succumbed to a 2-3 home defeat against Montreal. The absence of talisman Lionel Messi, who was sidelined with a shin injury, proved costly for the hosts.

Montreal took the lead in the first half through Fernando Alvarez’s header. Inter Miami equalized in the 71st minute through Leonarda Campana, but their defense faltered, allowing Matias Coccaro and Sunusi Ibrahim to score in quick succession.

Despite the setback, Inter Miami showed some resilience, with Jordi Alba scoring a consolation goal reminiscent of Messi’s brilliance. Alba received the ball on the edge of the box and curled a shot into the top corner.

Assistant coach Javier Morales explained Messi’s absence, stating that the Argentine is eager to play every game. Head coach Tata Martino expressed disappointment with the team’s defensive performance, despite believing they deserved to win.

Messi is expected to return for Inter Miami’s CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 second leg against Nashville. He will be keen to avoid fatigue and exhaustion ahead of the Copa America, where Argentina will defend their title.

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