Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez roll back the years to lead Inter Miami past Nashville SC and into Champions Cup quarterfinals

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Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez: The Timeless Duo that Guided Inter Miami to a 3-1 Win over Nashville SC in the Champions Cup

In an electrifying display of football mastery, Inter Miami’s Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez, two former Barcelona teammates, rolled back the years to lead their team to a resounding 3-1 victory over Nashville SC in the second leg of their Champions Cup round of 16 tie. With this win, Inter Miami advanced to the quarterfinals with a commanding aggregate score of 5-3.

A Remarkable Understanding: Messi and Suárez’s Telepathic Connection

The pairing got off to a flying start, combining inside the opening eight minutes to give Miami an early lead. Suárez showcased his cleverness by dummying the ball and allowing it to run through to Messi. The Argentine maestro then returned the favor, spinning into the box, and setting up Suárez for a clinical finish past Nashville goalkeeper Joe Willis.

South American connections were at the forefront of Miami’s second goal as well. This time it was Paraguayan Diego Gómez who provided the assist, weaving his way into the Nashville penalty area before setting up Messi to double Miami’s advantage.

Sealing the Deal: Inter Miami’s Dominance Continued in the Second Half

Miami’s victory was secured less than 20 minutes into the second half when Robert Taylor headed home from Suárez’s pinpoint cross into the penalty area. A late consolation goal from Sam Surridge for Nashville did little to dampen Inter Miami’s spirits as they celebrated their hard-earned win.

A Delightful Reunion: Suárez on Playing with Messi Again

Speaking to ESPN after the match, Suárez expressed his delight at playing alongside Messi once again: “We spent many years playing together in Barcelona, and it is nice to be back together. We know each other too well – almost always knowing where the other is positioned, almost by heart. We try to transfer that for the benefit of Inter Miami.”

Suárez continued: “We are enjoying this possibility of playing together again, enjoying a football that is new for me and trying to make people enjoy it. We have made a lot of sacrifices over the last 20 years, and we deserve to enjoy these last few years of our career a little.”

Messi’s Injury: A Concern for Inter Miami

However, the joy was short-lived when Messi had to be substituted due to an injury in the second half. Head coach Gerardo Martino commented on Messi’s condition: “I don’t want to take any risks, but I imagine that he won’t be available for Saturday’s keyboards. That’s the only thing I can say about it now. We’ll have some tests soon and we’ll see how he feels.”

Martino added: “Leo has a muscle overload in his right leg. We don’t want to take any kind of risk with him. We tried to see if he could last a little longer after half-time, but it was bothering him, so we preferred to take him out the keyboards.”

The Road Ahead: Inter Miami’s Quarterfinal Challenge

Inter Miami will face either Monterrey or Cincinnati in the Champions Cup quarterfinals, with the first leg scheduled for April 2. This marks an exciting opportunity for Messi and Suárez to continue their impressive form in this prestigious competition, as they strive to lead Inter Miami towards a successful campaign.