It wasn’t the best weekend for many of Argentina’s biggest names but we take a quick look over all those who caught the eye whilst plying their trades around the globe. Any that you feel deserved a mention and are not here then feel free to leave a comment….
Starting in the Premier League, where ill-discipline rather than goal scoring dominated the headlines. Sergio Agüero was sent off for a horrific challenge on David Luiz as Manchester City slumped to defeat to Chelsea. The Argentina international has been given a four-match ban for the incident and is another moment of hotheadedness that could cost Pep Guardiola’s side enormously. Agüero has already missed three games this season for an elbow against West Ham United and will now sit out the busy Christmas fixture list.
Aguero’s tackle on David Luiz is much better with this classic Martin Tyler commentary…pic.twitter.com/OQUHmsvqsd
— Pie Sports Booze 🔞 (@piesportsbooze) December 4, 2016
Agüero, however, was not alone as Roberto Pereyra was shown a straight red card in Watford’s defeat to West Brom and Marcos Rojo should probably have joined the pair for a two-footed lunge during Manchester United’s draw with Everton. The defender escaped with a yellow but replays showed just how fortunate Rojo was.
— Vagando (@vagandotuit) December 5, 2016
The big match of the weekend was of course El Clásico but Lionel Messi had a quiet afternoon as Real Madrid snatched a dramatic late draw. The two Spanish giants sharing the points provided an opportunity for Atlético Madrid and Sevilla to close the gap but Diego Simeone’s side were held to a goalless draw by Espanyol and Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla slumped to a shock defeat away to Granada.
There were goals though as Real Betis played out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Celta Vigo. Former River Plate youngster Germán Pezzella thought he had won it for the home side with a powerful header fifteen minutes from time but Facundo Roncaglia rose to nod in a late equaliser for Celta Vigo.
In Ligue 1, Monaco kept pace with league leaders Nice and continued their impressive goal scoring record with a 5-0 win over Bastia. Centre-forward Guido Carrillo is proving to be a more than useful squad player for Leonardo Jardim and came off the bench to score the fifth within seconds of entering the pitch. The 25-year-old has seven league goals this season and is useful option for the title hopefuls. Monaco were able to overtake Paris Saint-Germain into second after the champions suffered a defeat to Montpellier. Angel Di María’s level of performance once again drew criticism and coach Unai Emery admitted, “We want to help him to rebuild his confidence but there is work to be done on that front.”
Jumping across the Atlantic Ocean where Liga MX has almost reached its climax. Ricardo La Volpe’s Club América defeated minnows Necaxa to take their place in the Apertura final and will face Tigres. Lucas Zelarrayán wrapped up the win over León with a superbly struck shot from the edge of the penalty area to send Tigres through.
The Chilean Apertura is nearing an end and it looks as though Universidad Católica will claim back-to-back titles after thrashing second placed Deportes Iquique on Sunday. Diego Buonanotte was instrumental in the 6-2 victory scoring two excellent goals and tormenting the home side’s defence throughout. Católica need just a point from their next game to wrap up the title.
O’Higgins saw their title hopes go up in smoke after a surprise defeat to struggling Universidad de Concepción. Cristian Insaurralde missed from the penalty spot for the visitors but former Godoy Cruz midfielder Alejandro Camargo stole the headlines with a sensational volley from his own half to wrap up the win. Miguel Pinto’s poor clearance appeared as though it would go unpunished but Camargo hit the ball first time and it flew into the back of the net from over 70 yards out.
Martín Palermo’s Unión Española climbed up into third with a win over Antofagasta. Diego Churín scored either side of Flavio Ciampichetti’s scrappy effort to return to winning ways after two-straight defeats all but ended their dreams of lifting the title.
Palestino remain in fifth after a 2-0 win away to Cobresal – Agustín Farias adding the second in stoppage time.
Colo Colo secured an entertaining win over Everton shortly before the two sides meet again in the Copa Chile final. Estudiantes academy product Ramón Fernández scored the second as Pablo Guede’s side completed a 4-2 win.
And finally in Chile, Universidad de Chile ran out 3-0 winners away to Deportes Temuco. Despite Gastón Fernández missing a first half penalty, Jonathan Zacaría was among the scorers as La U look to finish the season on a high.
Elsewhere, Esteban Solari scored the only goal of the game as Aucas beat Deportivo Cuenca in Ecuador’s top flight, Enzo Maidana got himself on the scoresheet despite Petrolero losing to San Jose in Bolivia, and in Peru, Diego Manicero scored for Universitario de Deportes but could not avoid Melgar claiming a place in the final.
Lastly, in the A-League, Melbourne City lost ground on league leaders Sydney FC after being held to a 1-1 draw by Brisbane Roar. Nicolás Colazo scored his first for the club since his move from Boca Juniors but could not help find a winner.
West Sydney Wanderers ended their winless run with a 4-1 victory over Central Coast Mariners – Nicolás Martínez adding the second during the first half.