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….
Lionel Messi was in blistering form last week to help Argentina swat aside Colombia in World Cup qualification but after coming down with a bout of sickness the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was sorely missed as Barcelona were unable to find a way past Malaga. The Catalan giants goalless draw meant Sevilla could close the gap and despite leaving it very late, Jorge Sampaoli’s side came from two down to snatch an injury time win over Deportivo La Coruña. Gabriel Mercado thumped in the winner in the 92nd minute to send Sampaoli hopping down the touchline.
The big match in Italy was the Derby della Madonnina and despite not getting on the scoresheet, Mauro Icardi’s Inter Milan salvaged a dramatic late draw from their city rivals. The draw meant that Roma remained in second despite suffering a defeat to Atalanta. Diego Perotti had put the title challengers ahead from the penalty spot but after the home side had forced an equaliser, Leandro Paredes tripped Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez and Franck Kessie scored. And all of this was good news for Juventus, who beat Pescara 3-0, despite Paulo Dybala still missing and Gonzalo Higuaín’s below-par performance.
Lazio climbed to fourth after a win over Genoa with captain Lucas Biglia proving influential. The midfielder scored a penalty to restore the lead after Lucas Ocampos had brought Genoa level with a wonderfully taken goal. Lucas Orban was sent off the visitors in stoppage time but the Biancocelesti already had the points sewn up.
Perhaps the goal of the weekend came at Vicarage Road where Roberto Pereyra scored a sensational goal to help Watford to a 2-1 win over Premier League champions Leicester.
— Tarek Khatib (@ADP1113) November 19, 2016
West Ham have endured a difficult start to the season but looked to be on course for a morale boosting win over Tottenham when Manuel Lanzini slotted home a 68th minute penalty but a very late Harry Kane brace ensured it was Spurs that took the points.
Across the Channel and Ángel Di María struck his first Ligue 1 goal since April to help Paris Saint-Germain to a 2-0 win over Nantes and to keep pace with Monaco and Nice at the top of the table. However, victory came at a cost as Di María limped out with a hamstring injury and Javier Pastore’s return lasted a matter of minutes before a knee injury forced him back off.
In Portugal, Benfica enjoyed a simple route to the next round of the Taça de Portugal after thrashing Maritimo 6-0 on Saturday. Franco Cervi opened the scoring after only two minutes as the Águias cruised into the last 16.
Facundo ‘Chucky’ Ferreyra continued his fine run of form to help Shakhtar Donetsk to a fourth consecutive win in the Ukrainian top flight. The 25-year-old’s towering header ended Karpaty’s resolve and and earned the league leaders a valuable 2-1 win.
Wrapping up the European part of our round up, Miguel Alba scored from the penalty spot in Ermis’ win over Zakakiou in Cyprus and veteran striker Silvio González netted in Aris’ 2-1 away win against bottom club Anagennisi Derynia.
Across the Atlantic and the Liga MX regular season drew to a dramatic close with the playoff picture finally complete after a dramatic final day. Club León snatched the final spot in the Liguilla after an injury time win against Cruz Azul. Former Lanús striker Germán Cano had put La Fiera in the driving seat but two second half goals to level the match left León on the brink of elimination until the 92nd minute when Guillermo Burdisso powered a header into the back of the net.
Monterrey were the unfortunate side who ended up on the outside thanks to that Burdisso winner. Rogelio Funes Mori scored his tenth of the season to ensure that Los Rayados did their part and beat Morelia but it wasn’t enough meaning León will face first placed Tijuana.
Los Xolos remained top despite suffering a defeat to struggling Veracruz. Agustín Vuletich scored from close range to give Los Tiburones Rojos the lead and despite an equaliser, a late own goal won it.
Pachuca failed to catch Tijuana and had to settle for second after a 3-3 draw against Club América. Franco Jara put Los Tuzos in the driving seat with a venemous left-footed strike to double the early lead but Silvio Romero scored twice from close range to bring América level. The visitors then took the lead but Jara pulled Pachuca level from the penalty spot, three minutes from time to set up a tantalising América-Chivas quarter final.
Toluca also missed out on a place in the playoffs after suffering defeat to Santos Laguna. Former Lanús defender Carlos Izquierdoz opened the scoring with a fine header and Los Diablos Rojos never got back into the game putting a premature end to their season.
In Ecuador, Emelec closed the gap on Barcelona at the top after the league leaders were held to a draw and Los Eléctricos claimed a 3-0 win over Liga de Quito. Cristian Guanca scored twice to reduce their deficit to five points.
Universidad Católica remained in fourth with victory over El Nacional. Luis Miguel Escalada opening the scoring.
Independiente del Valle stayed just behind after coming from behind to cancel out Mariano Bareiro’s early opener for Delfín and winning 2-1.
And, Raúl Becerra was on target for Deportivo Cuenca in their defeat to River Plate.
Bernardo Cuesta scored a late third in an away win for FBC Melgar over Defensor La Bocana to ensure that El Dominó remain top of the table in Peru.
Deportivo Municipal remain in the hunt after a win over Unión Comercio – Maxi Velasco made amends for an earlier penalty miss to double the lead and so it ended in Lima.
And in Group B, Universitario drew with Cajamarca with Diego Manicero’s early goal for the home side being cancelled out after half time.
In the Bolivian top flight, former Atlético Tucumán midfielder Alexís Bravo scored in Universitario de Sucre’s 2-0 win over Blooming.
The title race in Chile took an interesting turn with Universidad de Chile surprising Martín Palermo’s Unión Española. Everything was going so well for El Titan when Diego Churín and Carlos Salom had put the home side into a two-goal lead but a Jonathan Zacaría brace and another from former Estudiantes midfielder Gastón Fernández completed the comeback and meant Universidad Católica and Deportes Iquique could take advantage of the slip.
Deportes Iquique remain two points clear after beating San Luis. Alejandro Fiorina’s goal had momentarily made it look as though an upset could be on the cards but Los Dragones Celestes turned it around before ex-Defensa y Justicia midfielder Luis Bustamante added a third.
La Católica jumped above Unión after perhaps their most impressive performance of the season. Diego Buonanotte scored twice – the first a superbly worked move – and Ricardo Noir rifled in a long range effort to beat Antofagasta 5-1.
O’Higgins dropped points but after Maxi Cerato had given Everton a two-goal lead, a draw was perhaps all they could have asked for. Cristian Insaurralde pulled one back before the break and Alejandro Marquez equalised but neither side could find a winner. Santiago Wanderers closed the gap on O’Higgins in fourth thanks to a Javier Parraguez hat-trick that rendered Lucas Campana’s and Sergio López’s goals for Deportes Temuco useless.
Finally in Chile, Marcos Riquelme scored for Audax Italiano as they came from behind to beat Palestino.
And last but by no means least, we switch to Paraguay where Guido Di Vanni scored both goals as Sportivo Luqueño beat River Plate 2-0.