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Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez lead Miami to the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez lead Miami to the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup

Stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez helped Inter Miami advance to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions Cup with a 3-1 win over Nashville at Chase Stadium on Wednesday.

Despite leaving the field prematurely due to a leg injury, Messi was the difference for Suarez in the second leg, which secured a 5-3 aggregate victory. The two teams tied 2-2 in the first leg at Giudice Park.

The legends' imprint appeared from the beginning, when Messi assisted Suarez's goal in the eighth minute. Messi's preparations paved the way for Suarez, who took advantage of a large space in the goal protected by Joe Willis.

Messi found the net in the 23rd minute with a shot with his left foot after a wonderful run by his teammate Diego Gomez, who created the opportunity.

For his part, Suarez assisted Robert Taylor's goal in the 63rd minute, making the score 3-0.

Miami will face FC Cincinnati or FC Monterrey in the next round in April.

Nashville scored the goal of desperation in the 93rd minute through Sam Surridge.

Messi was injured in one leg

Messi left in the 50th minute. After the match, coach Gerardo Martino said that his player suffered from a minor leg injury that began to bother him during the match, so Inter Miami removed him from the match as a precaution.

Messi did not face Montreal in the match that his team lost 3-2 last Sunday. It was the only match that Messi did not play this season.

Martino said that the Argentine star will likely miss his team's regular season match on Saturday against DC United.

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“I don't want to take any risks,” Martino said. He added that Messi will undergo medical examinations and the team will evaluate the condition after that.

Robert Taylor took Messi's place in the match and scored in the 63rd minute to make it 3-0.