A regular new feature takes a quick look around the rest of the world to catch up on the weekend and the Argentinos plying their trade in leagues around the world. Any that you feel deserved a mention and are not here then feel free to leave a comment….
We start this week in Serie A where Mauro Icardi notched his first of the season and spared Inter Milan’s blushes by salvaging a point against struggling Palermo. Frank de Boer’s side are still winless but the Dutch coach felt his side showed signs of improvement and if he can start getting the best from Ever Banega then Inter have a potentially strong side. Icardi had earlier missed a good opportunity and been rather below par but with a little under 20 minutes remaining, the 23-year-old found a yard of space at the near post to nod Antonio Candreva’s right-wing cross into the net.
Champions Juventus struggled against Napoli but maintained a 100% record thanks to Sami Khedira finishing off Paulo Dybala’s lofted pass over the top. It was another frustrating afternoon in front of the goal for Dybala and Gonzalo Higuaín couldn’t come from the bench to repeat his heroics of week one.
Diego Perotti scored his third penalty of the season in Roma’s 2-2 draw with Cagliari but despite leading by two, the Giallorossi wasted an opportunity to claim all three points. Federico Fazio and Leandro Paredes both came from the bench in the second half but were unable to make an impact.
Elsewhere in Italy, Lucas Boyé came off the bench to assist Daniele Baselli for Torino’s fourth goal in an emphatic 5-1 win over Bologna, Rodrigo de Paul laid on a goal for Stipe Perica in Udinese’s 2-0 victory against Empoli and Jose Sosa came off the bench to make his AC Milan debut as the Rossoneri fell to a 4-2 defeat away to Napoli.
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 28, 2016
In LaLiga, Lionel Messi reached the milestone of 350 league appearances for Barcelona and although the best player in the world didn’t mark the occasion with a goal, Luis Enrique’s side still managed to claim a 1-0 win from the difficult trip to face Athletic Bilbao in the Estadio de San Mamés.
Sergio Araujo came off the bench to score the fifth in Las Palmas demolition of Granada and Cristian Espinoza made his LaLiga debut when he came on during the second half of Alaves’ goalless draw with Sporting de Gijón.
Roberto Pereyra provided the highlight from the Premier League with a debut goal for Watford coming only 11 minutes after his introduction. The former Juventus midfielder couldn’t prevent the Hornets suffering a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal but certainly gave supporters at Vicarage Road a glimpse of his talent.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Sergio Agüero could find himself in hot water after appearing to elbow West Ham United defender Winston Reid. The Manchester City striker may now miss the derby against Manchester United if the FA take retrospective action. Despite this, City had little problem in dispatching of West Ham but the Hammers will be pleased that Manuel Lanzini made his return from injury as a second half substitute. Erik Lamela was also in action and conceded a penalty in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
Casting our net further afield, Diego Buonanotte netted a wonderfully taken goal in Universidad Católica’s 3-0 win over bitter rivals Universidad de Chile to claim bragging rights from the Clásico Universitario.
Liga MX’s biggest clásico also took place this weekend and Matías Almeyda’s Chivas celebrated a memorable 3-0 win over Club América in the Estadio Azteca. Argentinos Rubens Sambueza, Paolo Goltz and Silvio Romero were all in action for Las Aguilas but they were well beaten by Almeyda’s boys. As ever there was plenty of other Argentine interest in México – Ismael Sosa was again on target for Tigres but his excellent long range strike was cancelled out by former Vélez forward Agustín Vuletich’s scrappy effort to give Veracruz a valuable 1-1 draw.
The Argentine influence at Tijuana has increased significantly this year and Miguel Herrera had SEVEN in his starting eleven on Friday evening. Gabriel Hauche handed Los Xolos a 1-0 win over Pumas to move three points clear at the top of the table.
Enrique Triverio scored his third goal of the season in Toluca’s 2-2 draw with Morelia and Martin Bravo created the only goal of the game deep in stoppage time to hand Santos Laguna victory over León.
And finally in Mexico, Matías Alustiza grabbed a brace as Puebla won 3-0 away to Chiapas.
Moving further north and Ignacio Piatti was once again Montreal Impact’s match winner with a superbly taken goal 20 minutes from time to hand Mauro Biello’s side victory in the 401 derby.
In another of the MLS’ most fierce rivalries, Portland Timbers swept past Seattle Sounders with four first half goals. Lucas Melano and Diego Valeri either scoring or assisting three of the four and despite former Boca midfielder Nicolás Lodeiro dragging Seattle back to within two, the Timbers earned the victory.
Tiny Lautaro Acosta opened the scoring for DC United as they went onto thrash Chicago Fire 6-2 and former River Plate midfielder Mauro Díaz converted a penalty in FC Dallas’ 3-1 win over Houston Dynamo.
Ramón Abila made it six goals in nine matches for Cruzeiro with this simple tap-in during their 2-0 win over Santa Cruz.
— Julián Barbetti (@BarbettiJulian) August 29, 2016
And finally former Independiente midfielder Federico Mancuello came off the bench to smash in this fiercely struck effort for Flamengo as the Mengão defeated Chapecoense 3-1.
— DeLaCunaAlInfierno (@DeLaCunaAlInf) August 29, 2016
Any missed from around the world, let us know!
Top marks to @OsmanGani89 for spotting that Facundo Ferreyra headed the winner for Shakhtar at the weekend.