Argentinos Abroad: López snatches point in O Clássico, Agüero marks 150, Messi reaches 500, Piatti puts Impact in final plus big goals in France, Mexico, Brazil and more

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

One of the biggest matches in Europe this weekend took place in the Estádio do Dragão where Porto hosted Benfica in O Clássico. League leaders Benfica were moments away from defeat and their fierce rivals closing the gap at the top after Diego Jota’s earlier goal but former Arsenal defender Lisandro López, who had come on as a first half substitute, headed a dramatic injury time equaliser. Even at this early stage the goal is a blow to Porto’s title hopes as Benfica maintain their six-point lead.

A little further down the table and Rodrigo Battaglia was on target for Chaves in their 1-1 draw with Ferreira.

Across the border in LaLiga and Lionel Messi dazzled in Barcelona’s come-from-behind win over Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla. The home side’s first half performance was more than deserving of their one-goal lead but Messi’s contribution swung the game back in favour of the Catalan giants. The Argentina captain’s controlled finish drew Barça level but was also his 500th club goal (including friendlies) and his 27th against Sevilla (more than any other club). Messi then laid on the winner for Luis Suárez as Luis Enrique’s side remained second in the table but put a little distance between third.

Atlético Madrid lost ground after losing 2-0 away to Real Sociedad and were denied on several occasions by Gerónimo Rulli. The young goalkeeper is back in Edgardo Bauza’s squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers but must be considered Argentina’s number one sooner than later.

Another player travelling to Brazil this week is Celta Vigo’s Facundo Roncaglia and the defender scored a wonderful solo goal in Os Celestes 2-1 win over Valencia.

Monaco closed the gap on Nice at the top of Ligue 1 with a thumping 6-0 win over Nancy in the Stade Louis II. Europe’s leading scorers ran riot and Guido Carrillo came off the bench with 20 minutes remaining to score a brave from close range – the first a simple header, and the second an excellent volleyed finish.

Paris Saint-Germain also kept pace with a convincing 4-0 win over Rennes. Ángel Di María was excellent and in creating the third for Adrien Rabiot, notched his 50th assist since 2013/14.

Over the Channel and Sergio Agüero brought up 150 goals for Manchester City but Pep Guardiola’s side were pegged back and held to a 1-1 draw by Middlesbrough. The Independiente icon becomes only the sixth City player to reach the milestone and has reached it in 223 matches.

One man putting pressure on the likes of Agüero and Higuaín for the national team is Mauro Icardi and the Inter Milan captain further staked his claim with a brace in his side’s 3-0 win against Crotone. An 87th minute penalty and an injury time finish took Icardi’s season tally to ten already and it is difficult to imagine where Inter would be without the 23-year-old.

Atalanta continued their rise up the table with a fourth straight win and once more Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gómez proved instrumental. The 28-year-old fired the opener in the 3-0 win against Sassuolo and La Dea now sit level on points with Lazio in fourth.

Roma are the side most likely to challenge Juventus and Diego Perotti nabbed an assist in the relatively straight-forward win over Bologna while in mid-table Lucas Ocampos scored for Genoa in their 1-1 draw with Udinese. The 22-year-old has become something of a forgotten man since being tipped for greatness at an early age but did well to head in his first of the season.

In Greece, Asteras Tripolis surprised third-placed Giannina thanks to goals from former Racing youngster Luis Fariña and Pablo Mazza. 

And in AEK Athens 2-2 draw with Atromitos, there were goals for ex-Independiente forward Patito Rodríguez and veteran Javier Umbides. Patito’s fine curled finish and put the home side firmly in control but Umbides’ speculative cross-shot from distance caught the goalkeeper by surprise and snatched a point.

Emilio Zelaya, recently of Argentinos Juniors, scored twice for Ethnikos Achnas in their 3-2 defeat to Apollon in the Cypriot top flight.

And Miguel Alba scored the second in Ermis’ 2-0 win away to Aris.

Finally in Europe, Facundo ‘Chucky’ Ferreyra’s fine run of form continued with a goal in Shakhtar Donetsk’s win over Oleksandriya. The former Vélez striker now has six in his last seven matches as the Ukrainian side make a dominant start to the season.

The MLS season almost reached its climax and the Eastern Conference final will see two Canadian sides go head to head after Toronto FC thrashed New York City FC and Ignacio Piatti led Montreal Impact past New York Red Bulls. The former San Lorenzo midfielder scored a sensational brace to complete a 3-1 aggregate win.

In the Western Conference, the Argentine pair of Mauro Rosales and Maxi Urriti didn’t have as much luck as their FC Dallas side were beaten by Seattle Sounders. Urriti did nod in a winner on the night but after suffering a 3-0 defeat in the first leg it proved to nothing more than a consolation.

Liga MX’s regular season draws to a close and with only a few playoff positions still available there was still much to play for. Tigres flexed their title credentials with a win over top of the table Tijuana in the Estadio Caliente. Lucas Zelarrayán, who had a slow start to life in México, has grown into his role with Tigres and scored the only goal of the game after quarter of an hour.

Champions Pachuca remain in second despite losing to Cruz Azul, who had Jonathan Cristaldo sent off late on but still held on for three points. Club América confirmed their place in the Liguilla thanks to a stunning Silvio Romero volley. Ricardo La Volpe’s side were heading for defeat away to Atlas until the ex-Lanús striker hammered the ball into the back of the net five minutes from time.

Monterrey kept their slim hopes alive with a 4-0 win over Veracruz – Rogelio Funes Mori assisted former River Plate midfielder Carlos Sánchez for the opener before scoring his ninth of the season to complete the routine victory.

Club León also have work to do after Saturday night’s draw with Chivas left them just outside the playoff places. Matías Almeyda’s Chivas are already guaranteed a spot but La Fiera needed a late Mauro Boselli to earn just a point.

In Brazil, São Paulo cruised to victory in the Clássico Majestoso with a 4-0 win over Corinthians. Peruvian Christian Cueva was the man of the match but former Boca Juniors striker Andrés Chávez rifled in the third.

There was less good news for Ramón ‘Wanchope’ Abila, who scored at the wrong end in Cruzeiro’s 4-2 defeat to Fluminense.

In Chile, O’Higgins took advantage of Deportes Iquique and Universidad Católica dropping points to close the gap at the top. Despite falling behind to a Flavio Ciampichetti bicycle kick, La Celeste came back to overturn Antofagasta with the Argentine strike pair of Pablo Calandria and Gastón Lezcano both on target.

Palestino remain a little way off the pace but did record a 2-0 win over Deportes Temuco – Leandro Banegas slipped in the opener in first half stoppage time.

And near the bottom former Defensores de Belgrano striker Maxi Ceratto scored in Everton’s 2-2 draw with Huachipato.

Emelec closed the gap on Barcelona at the top in Ecuador with Cristian Guanca scoring from the penalty spot in a 2-1 win over Aucas and Maxi Barreiro scored twice as Delfin won 2-1 against Mushuc Runa.

Mariano Torres scored for Saprissa as they remain top in Costa Rica and finally in Australia, Nicolás Martínez scored this weekend’s quickest goal when he rifled West Sydney Wanderers ahead from range against Perth Glory after 30 seconds. The former Independiente winger later set up Brendon Šantalab but could not prevent the Wanderers only drawing the match 2-2.

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