In Part Two 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….
Wednesday’s big match took place at the Camp Nou where Barcelona hosted Atlético Madrid in an early season title clash. Diego Simeone will certainly be the happier of the two coaches after coming from behind to claim a point thanks to Ángel Correa’s well taken second half strike. Barcelona and Argentina were moments earlier dealt a blow when Lionel Messi was forced off with an groin injury, which will sideline the world’s best player for three weeks, and to compound the Catalan club’s misery, Correa benefitted from a Javier Mascherano slip to slot the ball past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Messi’s absence from Argentina’s forthcoming World Cup qualifiers could provide an opportunity for another striker and there is none in better form than Mauro Icardi at present. After his match winning performance against Juventus at the weekend, the 23-year-old scored a brace inside the opening 17 minutes to hand Inter Milan victory over Empoli. A third consecutive Serie A win for Frank de Boer’s side that puts them up into fifth, a sixth league for Icardi making him the leading scorer and a strong argument for his return to the Argentina squad.
Icardi wasn’t the only Argentine number nine among the goals in Serie A as Gonzalo Higuaín continued to repay the faith Juventus showed in him after a €90 million with a goal in the 4-0 win over Cagliari. Pipita is of course back in Edgardo Bauza’s squad already and played an important role in the Bianconeri’s victory.
Paulo Dybala was again found himself off the scoresheet but did chalk up his 100th appearance in Serie A.
— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) September 21, 2016
Elsewhere in Serie A, Lucas Castro found the net once again for his second of the season and helped Chievo to a 2-1 win against Sassuolo. With the score at 1-1, the former Gimnasia and Racing winger rose to head in just before half time.
Rodrigo de Paul also got himself another assist in Udinese’s 2-2 draw with Fiorentina but we move swiftly to the Bundesliga where Pablo de Blasis scored a dramatic injury time winner to give Mainz a win away to Werder Bremen. The visitors were trailing until the 87th minute but Yunus Malli equalised and de Blasis arrived in the six-yard box with a superb diving header to snatch all the points.
In the EFL Cup, Erik Lamela’s excellent performance for Tottenham Hotspur was rewarded with the final goal in their demolition of Gillingham at White Hart Lane. With three assists already in the match, the 24-year-old deserved to get in on the action and after 68 minutes the former River player slotted the ball past Jonathan Bond.
Another of Bauza’s attacking options was also on target as Lucas Pratto scored in Atlético Mineiro’s 2-2 draw with Ponte Preta in the Copa do Brasil.
And in Liga MX, Rogelio Funes Mori netted in Monterrey’s 5-2 win over Santos Laguna. Amid rumours of dressing room unrest Antonio Mohamed’s side provided the perfect response. Former River midfielder Carlos Sánchez was instrumental for Los Rayados but former Lanús defender Carlos Izquierdoz was certainly at the centre of things for Santos after finding the net at both ends.