Messi and Suárez score goals to help Inter Miami come back from a 2-2 draw against Nashville

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored second-half goals, and Inter Miami rallied for a 2-2 draw against Nashville SC in its Concacaf Champions Cup debut on Thursday night.

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Messi scored in the 52nd minute, and Suarez scored in the final minutes of overtime to help Inter Miami escape with a tie at GEODIS Park in Nashville, Tennessee. The second game of their confrontation is Wednesday at Inter Miami.

Nashville's Jacob Shaffelburg scored two goals in the opening minutes of each half, while Inter Miami has struggled to find its rhythm against Nashville's defense and is playing without some key defenders.

The aggregate score in football is the combined number of goals scored by two teams in a series of games.

As far as the Concacaf Champions Cup is concerned, that aggregate score is in two games. Each team plays one home game in the two-game knockout rounds.

In a situation where the two teams are tied in goals after the second game, the team with the most away goals will advance via the away goal tiebreaker. If the two teams are tied in goals and away goals, then the game will be decided in overtime and/or a penalty shootout.

Inter Miami could have tied Nashville SC on Thursday night, but returning to their stadium with two away goals gives them a slight advantage.

Luis Suárez goal: Nashville 2, Inter Miami 2

Inter Miami's comeback is complete: Luis Suarez scored in overtime in the final minutes, and Inter Miami will likely leave Nashville with a 2-2 draw in the opener of their Champions Cup match.

The second game is Wednesday at Inter Miami.

It is the third goal that Suárez has scored in his last two games.

Shaq Moore's goal disallowed for offside: Nashville 2, Inter Miami 1

Nashville's Shaq Moore scored a goal in the 83rd minute, but VAR ruled it offside.

Moore hit a left-footed shot into the left side of the net, and Nashville nearly had a 3-1 lead in the final minutes.

Messi suffers left leg injury, but remains in the game: Nashville 2, Inter Miami 1

Messi's leg was hit in the lower leg, causing his left ankle to roll up after being hit by Nashville's Lukas MacNaughton, who was following through for a ball kick.

Messi stayed on the sideline after being attended to by coaches, drinking water from a bottle before returning to the game with about 10 minutes remaining.

Messi and Suárez face Nashville player: Nashville 2, Inter Miami 1

Tempers are running high, and Lionel Messi is getting involved.

Messi intervened as Inter Miami's Luis Suarez argued with Nashville's Aníbal Godoy in the 67th minute.

Messi had some words with former MLS MVP Hany Mukhtar after the sequence dissolved.

Inter Miami threatens in the 63rd minute: Nashville 2, Inter Miami 1

Diego Gomez was brought down just outside the penalty area and a free kick was awarded to Inter Miami. Lionel Messi's free kick attempt was cleared by Nashville for a corner kick, which missed the head of a Miami player in the area.

Inter Miami goal disallowed for offside: Nashville 2, Inter Miami 1

Inter Miami's Diego Gómez's goal found the net in the 57th minute, but was disallowed for offside.

The goal is disallowed for Inter Miami, who almost tied the game early in the second half.