Argentinos Abroad: Dybala fires Juve top, Lanzini hands West Ham win, Messi returns, Gaitán helps Atleti run riot and much more from around the globe


Our weekly round-up of Argentinos plying their trade around the world has goals galore from sixteen different leagues. Any that you feel deserved a mention and are not here then feel free to leave a comment….

Mauro Icardi’s missed penalty and trouble with the Inter Milan ultras over comments made in his autobiography may have stolen the limelight in Serie A this weekend but aside from the controversy there was reason to cheer as Paulo Dybala timely return to form sent Juventus five points clear at the top of the table. The Bianconeri were trailing to Udinese before the 22-year-old curled in a perfectly executed free-kick and shortly after half time added a second from the penalty spot. Edgardo Bauza must surely hand Dybala a more prominent role in the next round of World Cup qualifiers.

Elsewhere in Italy, Roma moved up to second with an impressive win away to Napoli in large part thanks to Edin Dzeko’s brace but also the performances of Argentine trio, Leandro Paredes, Diego Perotti and Federico Fazio and defender Hugo Campagnaro played a vital role in Pescara’s 1-1 draw with Sampdoria. The 36-year-old’s own-goal handed Sampdoria the lead but he swiftly cancelled it out with a powerful header at the other end.

There were goals galore this weekend in LaLiga as the top sides romped to one sided victories – Lionel Messi returned from the injury that kept him out of Argentina duty and within three minutes of entering the field was latching onto a Neymar through ball to smash the ball past Germán Lux in the Deportivo La Coruña goal. The 4-0 margin could have been greater but was the much needed win that Barcelona needed and the Catalan giants remain fourth.

Leading the way are Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid who made light work of Granada in a devastating 7-1 win. Yannick Carrasco’s hat-trick was the main talking point but a second half brace from Nicolás Gaitán and a well taken finish by Ángel Correa made the rout all the more emphatic.

Despite ending up on the wrong side of a 3-2 defeat Gerónimo Rulli illustrated why many rate him as Argentina’s number one with a string of great saves in Real Sociedad’s Basque derby defeat to Athletic Club and Sevilla remained in third with a win away to Leganes. Franco Vázquez nodded the visitors in front but when Alexander Szymanowski scored this third of the season to make it 2-2 it looked as though Jorge Sampaoli’s side may have blown their chance. However, Pablo Saravia popped up with a late winner to maintain Sevilla’s fine start.

Fresh from his costly penalty miss for Argentina, Sergio Agüero returned to Premier League action on Saturday and unfortunately for the 28-year-old repeated the error in Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with Everton. Martin Stekelenberg guessed correctly and kept out the under-fire striker’s effort meaning more dropped points for Pep Guardiola’s side.

However, there was some good news in England as Manuel Lanzini gave West Ham United a much needed three points with the only goal in the game with Crystal Palace. The 23-year-old’s smart finish and overall midfield performance should give Edgardo Bauza food for thought.

Across the Channel and Monaco lost ground at the top of Ligue 1 after a 3-1 defeat away to Toulouse. Oscar Trejo headed the home side level after trailing at half time and it proved to be the catalyst to a superb second half display.

In the Bundesliga, Pablo De Blasis scored his fourth goal of the season to help Mainz to a 2-1 win over Darmstadt. The 28-year-old is becoming something of a regular feature in this round-up and his close range finish set the home side en route to victory.

Remaining in Europe, Panathinaikos were stunned at home by Skoda Xanthi in the Greek Super League. Sebastián Leto’s deflected strike cancelled out the visitors opener but almost immediately the lead was reestablished and so Panathinaikos fell to a first defeat of the season.

Elsewhere in Greece, former Newell’s winger Martín Tonso scored the only goal of the game for Atromitos in their 1-0 win over Veria and in Cyprus, Facundo Bertoglio headed APOEL in front against Zakakiou en route to a 4-1 win that keeps the Cypriot giants top of the table.

In Australia’s A-League, Melbourne City celebrated a fantastic derby win over Melbourne victory and both Nicolás Colazo and Fernando Brandán played a role. Tim Cahill had already spectacularly given City the lead when Colazo’s left wing cross allowed Bruno Fornaroli to head in a second and although Victory reduced the deficit, it was left to former Temperley midfielder Brandán to wrap up the points.

In the United States, Ignacio Piatti ensured Edgardo Bauza doesn’t forget about him with a brace in Montreal Impact’s 2-2 draw in the 401 derby with Toronto FC. The former San Lorenzo midfielder curled in a beautiful opener and later reestablished the lead from the penalty spot only for Toronto to snatch a late equaliser.

FC Dallas came from behind to defeat Seattle Sounders to remain top of the Western Conference but at the cost of a serious injury to Mauro Rosales that looks to keep him out of the playoffs. Nicolás Lodeiro had given Seattle the lead but a scrappy Maxi Urriti goal pulled Dallas level before Carlos Ruiz snatched all the points.

In Liga MX, Pachuca moved up to second with a convincing 3-0 win over Santos Laguna in the Estadio Hidalgo. Franco Jara nodded Loz Tuzos ahead and doubled the lead with a sensational volley ten minutes after half time. Six goals for the season now for the former Arsenal forward and Pachuca’s title defence gathers momentum.

Toluca cling onto a playoff spot after a 2-1 win over Pumas – a first half own goal had the Diablos Rojos trailing at the break but former Unión forward Enrique Triverio headed an equaliser before the home side went on to take all three points.

León remain a point outside the Liguilla but secured a valuable 3-2 win away to Veracruz on Friday evening. Julio Furch had drilled the Tiburones Rojos ahead but Mauro Boselli played a vital role in La Fiera turning around the scoreline. The visitors trailed with a little over ten minutes remaining when defender Diego Novaretti headed an equaliser and in the closing minutes, Boselli stooped to nod in the winner.

Monterrey are also just outside the playoff places but recorded a routine 4-1 win over Chiapas. Rogelio Funes Mori’s brace took his personal tally to eight for the season but Los Rayados need to address their inconsistent form to ensure a top eight finish.

Cruz Azul kept their playoff hopes alive with a last-gasp draw away to Morelia thanks to Jonathan Cristaldo’s 94th minute volley.

Moving further south now and in Ecuador, Maximiliano Barreiro scored twice as Delfín thrashed El Nacional 5-0 while in Peru, Bernardo Cuesta’s superb volley helped Melgar to a surprise 2-0 win over group A leaders Sporting Cristal.

In Colombia, Independiente Santa Fe remain just off the pace at the top of the Liga Aguila after a comfortable 4-0 win over Aguilas. Former Rosario Central and Banfield midfielder Jonathan Gómez put Santa Fe ahead and they cruised to victory.

Millonarios are three points further back but also enjoyed a straight forward win on Sunday against Envigado. Boca Juniors academy product Enzo Gutiérrez tapped El Azul in front after 11 minutes.

Blooming closed the gap to second in the Bolivian top flight after a 4-0 win over Guabira with Mariano Guerreiro coming off the bench to add the fourth in stoppage time while Juan Vogliotti was on target for Sport Boys in their 2-2 draw with San Jose.

Deportes Iquique went top of the Chilean Primera with a 2-1 win over Huachipato with ex-Estudiantes de Buenos Aires midfielder Diego Torres scoring the vital second goal.

Los Dragones Celestes leapfrogged Martín Palermo’s Unión Española side at the top after they suffered a 4-3 defeat to Universidad Católica. Argentine-born, Palestinian international Carlos Salom put Palermo’s side ahead and when Diego Churín made it 2-0 at the break, the home side looked to be cruising to victory. However when Ricardo Noir pulled a goal back it set in motion a remarkable second half that saw UC score three unanswered goals. Adrián Scifo looked to have settled it and a share of the points before Católica snatched it.

One of the best performances of the weekend came from Leandro Banegas with the striker hitting a hat-trick as Palestino ended their winless run of three by thrashing Antofagasta.

And finally in Brazil, former Banfield defender Fabián Noguera headed Santos’ only goal in the 1-1 draw with Grêmio.


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