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….
We begin in Italy where the all-Argentine strikeforce of Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuaín fired Juventus to victory against a stubborn Empoli side. The home side had frustrated the Serie A champions until the 65th minute when Dybala found a pocket of space inside the penalty area to smash the Bianconeri in front. This proved to be decisive as a quick-fire Higuaín brace soon followed and the three goals in five minutes ensured Massimiliano Allegri’s side remained clear at the top of the table.
Giovanni Simeone’s impressive start to life in Serie A continued as a second start for Genoa was rewarded with a second goal. The 21-year-old scored the only goal of the game to hand the Rossoblu victory away to Bologna.
Giovanni Simeone has just scored for Genoa, he has done two successive games. pic.twitter.com/WQ8OgdWMnV
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Inter Milan saw their recent run of good form in the league come to an end with defeat away to Roma. After falling behind early to a Edin Dzeko goal, Inter pulled level with quarter of an hour remaining. Mauro Icardi flicked the ball into the path of Ever Banega, who cut inside the challenge of Daniele De Rossi to fire his first goal in Serie A. However, parity lasted only a few minutes before Kostas Manolas nodded the home side back in front.
Lucas Castro also played a hand in Chievo’s win over Pescara with the former Gimnasia winger releasing Roberto Inglese with a through-ball to wrap up the points with five minutes remaining.
Ligue 1 has an unfamiliar look to it at this early stage with Nice leading the way and Monaco chasing just a point behind. Leonardo Jardim’s side were the big winners this weekend as they thrashed Metz 7-0 and former Estudiantes centre-forward Guido Carrillo scored twice. Monaco were already four-up when the 25-year-old finished off a sweeping counter attack and then tapped in his second but the striker is finally appearing settled in France.
Paris-Saint Germain kept pace with a 2-0 win over Bordeaux thanks to a Edinson Cavani brace. The first coming after only three minutes from an Angel Di María cross from the left. El Fideo will be joining up with the Argentina squad this week and in the absence of Lionel Messi will be one of the players Edgardo Bauza will expect a lot from.
Emanuel Mammana impressed again at the heart of the Lyon defence as they ran out 2-0 winners over St Etienne and Emiliano Sala set up Nantes’ winner against Bastia.
Across the channel, in the Premier League there was little Argentine action to note. Despite Erik Lamela missing a penalty, Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur side were able to end Manchester City’s perfect start to the season. Spurs successfully managed to shut out Sergio Agüero and co to record an impressive 2-0 win.
With Lionel Messi still injured the usual headline maker in La Liga is absent but that didn’t prevent Argentinos having an impact. Barcelona faltered in the absence of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and slumped to a 4-3 defeat at the hands of Celta Vigo. Eduardo Berizzo oversaw a win over the Catalan giants last season and repeated the trick on Sunday afternoon. Facundo Roncaglia and Gustavo Cabral both played 90 minutes in the win and the defeat for Barça allowed Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid go top.
For the sole Argentina goal in Spain this weekend came courtesy of Alexander Szymanowski as for the second week running the 27-year-old found the back of the net and this time handed Leganes three points.
In Portugal, Benfica maintained their lead at the top of the Primeira Liga thanks to a 4-0 win over Feirense. An own-goal had already put the Águias ahead but Eduardo Salvio doubled the advantage when he fortuitously charged down a clearance and the ball ricocheted into the back of the net. Franco Cervi shortly after headed a third and the home side added a fourth in stoppage time.
Elsewhere, Rodrigo Battaglia headed his first goal for Alaves as they came from behind to record a 3-1 win over Belenenses.
In Cyprus, former Rosario Central and Arsenal forward Emilio Zelaya was on target in Achnas’ 5-3 win over Anagennisi Derynia and in Greece, former Racing youngster Luis Fariña was sent off as Asteras Tripolis were beaten by Panathinaikos.
Ex-Vélez midfielder Pablo Batalla was on target again for Bursaspor in the Turkish Super Lig but couldn’t prevent them from slipping to a 3-2 defeat away to Gaziantepspor.
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Rosario-born Vernon De Marco scored for Slovan Bratislava in their win over Michalovce in the Slovakian top flight and central defender Pablo Fontanello rescued a point for Russian side Ural with the equalising goal away to Tomsk.
And finally in Europe, Shakhtar Donetsk maintained their lead at the top of the table after beating Zorya 1-0. Former Vélez striker Facundo Ferreyra finished smartly for the only goal of the game.
There was an enormous amount of Argentine action in México this weekend starting on Friday evening where Milton Caraglio’s goal gave Tijuana victory over Atlas. Gabriel Hauche’s cross was met perfectly by the head of big centre-forward and Miguel Herrera’s Argentine invasion at Los Xolos currently has them four points clear at the top of the table.
Tigres lost ground on the leaders after losing 3-2 away to León. Lucas Zelarrayán opened the scoring for the visitors after skipping around goalkeeper William Yarbrough but La Fiera came back strongly. Mauro Boselli laid the equaliser on a plate for Elias Hernández and then the former Wigan striker headed in a second after a dreadful goalkeeping error. Dsepite struggling earlier in the season, León are now making a push for the Liguilla.
Third-placed Pachuca snatched an injury time draw away to Puebla thanks to Ruben Botta’s last gasp goal from close range after Matías Alustiza looked to sealed all the points with a fine left-footed finish for La Franja.
Ricardo La Volpe’s Club América maintain in the playoff spots after a draw away to Monterrey. Silvio Romero was again on target to give the Aguilas an early lead but they were soon pegged back from the penalty spot.
Necaxa moved up into the final playoff place with a win over Toluca. Fabián Espíndola opened the scoring after only five minutes but it was former Huracán midfielder Edson Puch who really made the difference with a goal and two assists.
Santos Laguna continue to struggle and were unfortunate to concede a late equaliser away to Queretaro when it appeared as though Martín Bravo’s excellent diving header would give Los Guerreros a much needed win.
Lastly in Liga MX, former Racing defender Matías Cahais headed Veracruz in front away to Cruz Azul but couldn’t prevent the home side running out 5-3 winners. Cahais’ afternoon went from bad to worse when he was sent off in stoppage time.
MLS proved to be a distinctly barren league this weekend with only a Mauro Díaz assist in FC Dallas’ win over LA Galaxy to note but in contract the Chilean Primera Division was a rich hunting ground. Diego Buonanotte netted the winner in Universidad Católica’s 2-1 win over Huachipato but they remain three points off the top of the table.
Martín Palermo’s Unión Española remain top after their 2-1 win away to Deportes Temuco. Despite Adrián Scifo scoring in his own net, Palermo’s all-Argentine strikeforce turned the match around. Diego Churín swiftly equalised before the Argentine-born, Palestinian international Carlos Salom netted the winner.
Deportes Iquique are now a point off the lead after being held to a 2-2 by Palestino. Leandro Benegas‘ brace looked as though it might surprise the home side but a late Luis Bustamante penalty salvaged a draw.
The big match of the weekend in Chile was undoubtedly the clasico between Colo Colo and Universidad de Chile. Former Argentinos Juniors defender Julio Barroso opened the scoring in the first half and El Cacique went on to record a 2-0 win over their fierce rivals.
Alejandro Delfino scored the only goal of the game in Antofagasta’s 1-0 win over San Luis.
In Ecuador, Raúl Becerra struck the winning goal as Deportivo Cuenca came from behind to beat Liga de Quito after the striker had earlier missed a penalty.
Well-travelled, former Boca striker Luis Miguel Escalada scored twice in the second half to give Universidad Católica victory over River Plate and Maxi Barreiro scored from the penalty spot as Delfín earned a point against Aucas.
There were no goalscorers to note in the Brazilian Série A but Lucho González made his debut for Paranaense as they lost 2-0 away to Santos.