Argentinos Abroad: Messi otherworldly in derby win, Higuaín nets vital goal plus Vietto, Zárate, Biglia, Ulloa & much more


With much of the world’s football winding down for Christmas, there is a briefer than usual round-up of action from around the globe. However, as always we take a quick look over all the Argentinos who caught the eye whilst plying their trades in various leagues. Any that you feel deserved a mention and are not here then feel free to leave a comment

Luis Suárez described how Lionel Messi plays as, “like a playstation,” after Barcelona’s victory over Espanyol in the Derbi barceloní. The Argentina captain was absolutely unstoppable on Sunday and at times looked as though he were playing a different game to the beleaguered Espanyol defence. Two astonishing examples of Messi’s dribbling created goals for Suárez and Jordi Alba before the best player in the world nonchanantly volleyed the ball through Roberto Jiménez’s legs for Barcelona’s fourth.

Real Madrid remain out in front but Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla also kept pace with Barcelona after a 4-1 win over Malaga. Luciano Vietto took his season tally to six with a first half brace and laid on the fourth for Vitolo in a comfortable win for the Andalusians. High-flying Villarreal are also maintaining their remarkable form in fourth and in their 3-1 win over Gijon, young Leonardo Suárez made his debut.

Juventus took a tighter grip on the Serie A title with a 1-0 win over Roma thanks to Gonzalo Higuaín’s superb solo effort. After stealing the ball from Daniele De Rossi, the Italian record signing, dashed away from two defenders before thrashing the ball past Wojciech Szczęsny for what proved to be the winner.

Giovanni Simeone continues to impress in Italy despite his Genoa side slumping to a dramatic 4-3 defeat to Palermo. The 21-year-old scored twice to put the Rossoblu in control but late goals swung it in favour of the visitors.

Lazio continue to apply pressure on city rivals Roma in second after a 3-1 win over Fiorentina. Lucas Biglia scored from the penalty spot to put Lazio in control but Mauro Zárate pulled a goal for the visitors before the result was put beyond doubt in stoppage time.

In the Premier League, Leonardo Ulloa headed a vital goal for Leicester as the champions were trailing Stoke 2-0 at the time and had already seen Jamie Vardy sent off. Almost cleared off the line, the referee awarded the goal thanks to goalline technology and the Foxes came bac to claim an excellent point.

Elsewhere, Pablo Batalla scored in Bursapor’s win over Antalyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig and in Chile, Martín Palermo’s Unión Española secured a place in the Copa Libertadores after a penalty win over O’Higgins. Diego Churín gave Palermo’s side the lead but when the game ended 1-1, penalties were needed. Churín scored in the shootout and eventually Carlos Salom converted the decisive spot kick.

In Bolívia, Enzo Maidana scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 win against Nacional Potosi (below), bottom of the table Guabirá lost 2-1 to Sport Boys but Eduardo Aguirre was on target and fourth-placed Real Potosi swept aside Wilstermann with Antonio Rojano scoring the second in a 4-0 win.

And finally in Paraguay, struggling Club Rubio Ñu claimed a 1-1 draw away to Díaz thanks to a goal from veteran Leandro Gracián.


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