Argentinos Abroad: Simeone downs Juventus, Icardi keeps scoring, Messi saves Barça, Agüero rescues City & much more

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Our briefer than usual weekly round-up (courtesy of being away this week) of Argentinos plying their trade around the globe. Any that you feel deserved a mention and are not here then feel free to leave a comment….

Sixteen years ago Diego Simeone netted the only goal in a Lazio win over Juventus and on Sunday, 21-year-old Giovanni Simeone fired a brace to stun the Serie A champions and give Genoa an impressive victory. Four league goals already for Cholo’s son is a decent return for a young player taking such a big step up from the Argentine Primera.

Despite the defeat Juventus remain top of the table but Roma closed the gap with a 3-2 win over Pescara. Diego Perotti is on Edgardo Bauza’s watch list for the new year and the 28-year-old was instrumental in the Giallorossi’s latest win with both crosses for Edin Dzeko’s goals before converting a decisive penalty in the second half.

Another player forcing Edgardo Bauza to take note is Mauro Icardi and the young striker scored another two goals on Monday evening as Inter Milan beat Fiorentina. With 12 goals and 4 assists, no player in Europe’s top five leagues has directly contributed to more goals than the Inter captain.

In LaLiga, the ‘Messidependencia’ that plagues Argentina appears to have spread to Barcelona. Luis Enrique’s side have a woeful record away to Real Sociedad in recent years and were heading for another defeat before Messi struck an equaliser on the hour mark.

Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla kept pace at the top with a 2-1 win over Valencia thanks to Ezequiel Garay’s own goal after 53 minutes and Nicolás Pareja’s well struck winner.

Pablo Piatti’s fine season continued with the former Estudiantes midfielder adding another two assists and a goal in Espanyol’s 3-0 win over Leganes.

In the Premier League, Sergio Agüero spared Manchester City’s blushes with two instinctive, scrappy close range finishes that gave Pep Guardiola’s side a somewhat underserved three points against Burnley.

In Ligue 1, Monaco closed the gap on leaders Nice, after an emphatic 4-0 win over Marseille. Guido Carrillo replaced Falcao with fifteen minutes remaining and added the fourth in stoppage time.

Finally, in Liga MX the Apertura semi final picture was completed and aside from Ricardo La Volpe outwitting Matías Almeyda to send Club América through at the expense of fierce rivals Chivas, Mauro Boselli ensured Tijuana’s valiant comeback attempt failed and León took a place in the last four.

Los Xolos had finished top of the table in the regular season table but lost 3-0 in the Nou Camp and looked dead and buried. However, a rousing first half display in the Estadio Caliente capped by Guido Rodríguez’s well hit goal saw the tie levelled. The home side would have progressed as the better seeded side from the regular season but Boselli nodded an away goal for León before La Fiera reduced the deficit and marched onto the semi finals.

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