Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored to allow Inter Miami to win against Nashville (3-1, 5-3 on aggregate) on Wednesday and qualify for the quarter-finals of the Concacaf Champions Cup . Messi first offered an assist to Luis Suarez, behind the defense, for the opener (8th), before scoring himself for 2-0 (23rd).

Messi was replaced in the 50th minute and his replacement, Robert Taylor, consolidated the lead for Miami with an assist… from Suarez (63rd). Inter Miami coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino said the Argentine’s exit was due to concern over the hamstring in the eight-time Ballon d’Or’s right leg: ‘we don’t “We didn’t want to take any risks.”

“I imagine that for the match on Saturday (at D.C. United) he will not be available,” Martino added. Miami, which is participating in the Champions Cup for the first time, will face in the quarterfinals the winner of the confrontation between Monterrey (Mexico), which won 1-0 in the first leg, and Cincinnati (MLS).

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