In what is likely to be the first part of a midweek Argentinos Abroad, we take a quick look at those players plying their trade around the world. Any that you feel deserved a mention and are not here then feel free to leave a comment….
Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla emerged victorious from a bruising derby against Real Betis in the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuan on Tuesday night with Argentina international Gabriel Mercado proving to be the match winner. The summer signing from River Plate stooped to head in Samir Nasri’s free kick shortly after time and although the visitors were angered by a wrongly disallowed goal, Sevilla held on all three points and climbed up to second for at least 24 hours.
In the Bundesliga, Eintracht Frankfurt moved up to fourth after a 2-0 win over Ingolstadt with former Independiente and Argentina under-20 international David Abraham playing a key role. The 30-year-old centre-back headed the visitors in front from Marco Fabian’s corner in first half stoppage time and minutes after the restart got his head on another corner this time falling to Bastian Oczipka, who smashed the ball from outside the penalty area into the net.
However, as usual Liga MX proved most fruitful for Argentinos Abroad. Ismael Sosa continued his outstanding form since moving to Tigres with the only goal in a win over Chivas and certainly appears to have made Ricardo Ferreti’s impressive side even more formidable. With little to seperate the sides, it was a moment of inspiration from the former Independiente man to take all three points and ensure Tigres stay at the top.
Club América continue to struggle for form but will feel they did enough to win away to Necaxa. Paolo Goltz gave the visitors the lead with a thumping header but after the hosts equalised, Las Aguilas couldn’t find a way past Marcelo Barovero or the frame of his goal.
Puebla’s 3-2 win over Veracruz had four Argentine goals but ultimately Matías Alustiza’s brace handed the points to the home side. Former River Plate youngster Daniel ‘Keko’ Villalva gave Los Tiburones Rojos the lead with a superbly taken goal but Alustiza soon equalised with a thunderous long range free kick. The visitors retook the lead through Gabriel Peñalba’s penalty but Alustiza immediately cancelled it out with a spot kick of his own leaving Robert Herrera to head a second half winner.
Pablo Barrientos’ fine start to life with Toluca also continued with the recent signing from San Lorenzo scoring the only goal of the game in a win over Cruz Azul in Mexico City.
And finally Franco Jara scored twice as Pachuca thrashed Morelia 5-1. The home side were reduced to ten men after only four minutes and when a Jara penalty and an Erik Gutiérrez long shot put Pachuca two-up inside ten minutes the match looked over already. Former Racing defender Emanuel Loeschbor did provide a quick response but Los Tuzos ran away with it. A second Jara penalty after half time were followed by two more to complete the rout.