Inter Miami 3 – 1 Nashville Player rating Messi stars amidst injury concerns in CONCACAF Champions Cup 2024

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Lionel Messi’s first foray into North American continental club football hung in the balance, but alongside his friend Luis Suarez, the Argentine delivered the goods again.

Lionel Messi scored a goal and assisted another as Inter Miami defeated Nashville 3-1 to advance to the quarter-finals of the 2024 CONCACAF Champions Cup 5-3 on aggregate. After a 2-2 draw in the 1st leg that required a second-half comeback, this game was far less dramatic thanks to Inter Miami’s two aging superstars.

Nashville looked completely unprepared for Tata Martino’s 5-3-2 attack as new signing Federico Redondo maintained control of the midfield and Inter Miami forced everything Nashville could muster. Leading 2-0 at the half-time break, Inter Miami were well and truly through to the next round.

Nashville looked much better after the break when Gary Smith brought on Sam Surridge from the bench, but Inter Miami weathered the storm and even grabbed a third when Robert Taylor found the back of the net to seal the score. Inter Miami will face either FC Cincinnati or Monterrey in the next round, also played over two legs.

However, there will be concerns about Nashville Lionel Messi’s fitness, which will be the story throughout the season. The Argentine was taken off the pitch in the 50th minute and, although he did not appear to be carrying an injury, it was a highly unusual moment for a change that came just five minutes after half-time.

Lionel Messi was already rested in Inter Miami’s defeat against CF Montreal at the weekend, so he should be fully fit, but even if he only plans to play half time, wasting a 50th minute sub window is pointless. a free window is available at the half-time break.

Inter Miami Player rating

Callender (GK)  – 6

 Gressel – 7

Aviles – 7

Kryvtsov – 7

Freire – 7

Alba – 7

Redondo – 7

Busquets – 6

D. Gomez – 8

Messi –  8

Suarez – 8

Sub

Robert Taylor – 7
Noah Allen – 6

Player Of The Match – Messi (Inter Miami)