Our weekly round-up of Argentinos plying their trade around the world has goals galore from twelve different leagues. Any that you feel deserved a mention and are not here then feel free to leave a comment….
There is only one place to start this week’s review and that is at the San Siro where Inter Milan bounced back from the embarrassment of their midweek Europa league defeat to defeat Juventus in the Derby d’Italia. Prior to kick off the Nerazzurri honoured one Argentine striker with Champions League winner Diego Milito in attendance, but by full time the home side were indebted to current number nine Mauro Icardi. The 23-year-old scored with a towering header from Ever Banega’s corner to cancel out Stephan Lichtsteiner’s opener for Juve and then turned provider with an outstanding outside of the boot cross for Ivan Perisic to nod in the winner but the controversial Argentine striker’s all-round contribution was superb. While Paulo Dybala started and Gonzalo Higuaín came off the bench for Juventus, it was Icardi that stood out and gave a clear sign to Edgardo Bauza that he is ready for his Argentina call-up.
Elsewhere in Italy, former Gimnasia and Racing winger Lucas Castro scored the vital equaliser to set up Chievo Verona’s dramatic late win over Udinese.
Over in LaLiga, Lionel Messi continued his fine start to the season with two goals and an assist in Barcelona’s 5-1 thrashing of Leganés on Saturday afternoon. Once more the formidable front three of Messi, Neymar and Luis Suárez proved too much to handle and Luis Enrique’s side made light work of the newly promoted club. One of the few clubs that Messi had not scored against prior to kick off, the Argentina captain not only added the relative minnows to his resume but has now scored or assisted a goal every 45 minutes in all competitions this season.
Luciano Vietto scored his third goal of the season for Sevilla with a superbly taken finish just before the half hour mark against Eibar but Jorge Sampaoli’s side were unable to hold on for all three points despite their hosts being reduced to nine men before the final whistle. With Javier Correa, Gabriel Mercado and Matías Kranevitter all featuring there was plenty of Argentine interest but it’s clear that Sampaoli hasn’t yet managed to implement his ideas.
Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid finally threw off the shackles after a difficult start to the season and swept aside Sporting de Gijón with a 5-0 win in the Estadio Vicente Calderón. Nicolás Gaitán played the entire game but it was Ángel Correa who came off the bench to set-up Fernando Torres with a fantastic run down the left.
In the Premier League, Sergio Agüero watched from the stands following his Champions League hat-trick in midweek as Manchester City cruised to victory against Bournemouth. Nicolás Otamendi was again formed the foundation of Pep Guardiola’s defence as City continued their 100% start to the season.
In the absence of Argentina’s most regular goalscorer in England, Manuel Lanzini ensured there was still some Albiceleste representation but his second half penalty couldn’t stop West Ham United from slumping to a 4-2 defeat away to West Bromwich Albion.
There was more positive news however for Roberto Pereyra, whose excellent cut-back found Juan Zúñiga and led to Watford claiming a 3-1 win over Manchester United.
JUAN CAMILO ZÚÑIGA
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— Jonathan Baron (@Jonathaanbaron) September 18, 2016
Ángel Di María played an hour in Paris Saint-Germain’s incredible 6-0 win over Caen on Friday evening but despite the Argentina international pulling the strings in midfield he didn’t find himself on the scoresheet.
Monaco also enjoyed a pretty straight-forward victory to remain top of the table and former Estudiantes striker Guido Carrillo laid on the second in their 3-0 win over Rennes.
Staying in Europe and Sebastián Leto continues to get his career back on track with a goal and an assist in Panathinaikos’ 4-0 win against Giannina. Despite now having to play in a protective helmet after fracturing his skull while with Lanús, the 30-year-old is proving to be a valuable exquisition for the greek club.
Fierce rivals Olympiakos also enjoyed a win on Sunday with Alejandro ‘Chori’ Domínguez cancelling out former Talleres striker Emanuel Perrone’s opener for Iraklis before Brown Ideye sealed all three points for the champions.
And in Turkey, Pablo Batalla scored one and made another as Bursaspor came from behind with ten men to defeat Kayserispor 3-1.
Shifting continents completely now we move to Liga MX where as always there was plenty of Argentine interest. Mauro Boselli proved to be the difference in León’s important win over Club América as the former Wigan Athletic striker scored twice to nudge La Fiera back up towards Liguilla contention. The first a sweetly struck curled effort from the edge of the penalty area and the second a delicate chip over the goalkeeper showed the 30-year-old still has his goalscoring instinct.
Milton Caraglio flicked in an injury time equaliser for Tijuana against champions Pachuca with Los Xolos missing out on the opportunity to go above Tigres at the top of the table.
Tigres jumped to the top after a victory over Puebla but former Chacarita Juniors striker Matías Alustiza was on the scoresheet for La Franja from the penalty spot.
Pablo Barrientos created the first and scored the second in Toluca’s 2-1 win over Matías Almeyda’s Chivas side as the 30-year-old makes an instant impact with Los Diablos Rojos since joining from San Lorenzo.
And finally in México, lanky centre-forward Julio Furch headed the only goal for Veracruz in a 3-1 defeat to Morelia leaving the Tiburones Rojos close to the foot of the table.
Slightly further north in the United States’ MLS, Maxi Urriti was on target in FC Dallas’ 2-2 draw with New York City FC. There was a Newell’s Old Boys connection as veteran Mauro Rosales rolled the ball into Urriti to smash the ball past Josh Saunders from a tight angle before Rosales turned provider again for Dallas’ second.
Portland Timbers icon Diego Valeri put them ahead from close range against Philadelphia Union and although the vistiors immediately levelled the home side ran out 2-1 winners.
In Ecuador, defender Pablo Saucedo scored for Delfín Sporting Club in their defeat to Liga de Quito and in the Peruvian top flight former Huracán and Independiente youngster Christian Ortíz blasted a quick-fire brace as Universidad San Martín beat Alianza 3-2 in Sullana.
Finally in Paraguay, ex-Vélez Sarsfield striker Roberto Nanni scored a vital goal as Nacional came from behind to beat River Plate 3-2.
Any missed from around the world, let us know!