Another weekend of action and so Argentinos Abroad returns for a quick look over all those who caught the eye whilst plying their trades in various leagues around the globe. Any that you feel deserved a mention and are not here then feel free to leave a comment.
Just when Real Madrid were threatening to run away with La Liga, Jorge Sampaoli masterminded a famous victory for Sevilla to not only end the league leaders 40-match unbeaten run but breathe life into the title race. Sampaoli’s side came from behind to snatch a late 2-1 win and move to within a point of Real.
“To play like this against a big side will elevate this group of players. I hope we’re capable of continuing to play this way, as we’ve done against a team that had been on a long unbeaten run. It was a deserved victory. If we equal great teams and get them hurt like today, we can do great things,” Sampaoli, whose reputation grows by the week, said after the win.
Sevilla also managed to keep ahead of third-placed Barcelona, despite Luis Enrique’s side waltzing to a 5-0 win against Las Palmas. Lionel Messi tapped in the second just after half time before the flood gates opened.
Atlético Madrid remained within touching distance despite being far from their best thanks to Nicolás Gaitán’s early goal giving them victory over Real Betis at the Estadio Vicente Calderón.
Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola is finding out just how difficult things can be in the Premier League and his defensively fragile Manchester City side were beaten 4-0 by Everton on Sunday. Nicolás Otamendi, Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Agüero all played but it was perhaps goalkeeper Willy Caballero that was most needed after another unconvincing display from Claudio Bravo.
— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) January 16, 2017
However, there was better news to be found in England as Manuel Lanzini allowed West Ham supporters to enjoy a convincing win over Crystal Palace despite Dimitri Payet wanting away. The Hammers were already two to the good when the 23-year-old ran clear and deftly flicked the ball past Wayne Hennessey for a third late on.
[URGENTE] Patón Bauza, Lanzini es argentinopic.twitter.com/yEtnz5ePcz
— Ataque Futbolero (@AtaqueFutbolero) January 16, 2017
The Serie A title race also became a lot more interesting after Juventus slumped to a 2-1 defeat away to Fiorentina. Gonzalo Higuaín pulled a goal back for a below-par Bianconeri but couldn’t prevent the champions falling to a fourth away defeat of the season.
Inter Milan’s upturn in form under Stefano Pioli continued as did Mauro Icardi’s fine scoring record with a 3-1 win over Chievo. The visitors actually led at the break but Icardi’s predatory volleyed finish brought Inter level before Ivan Perisic and Eder wrapped up the points. The 23-year-old captain leads the Serie A scoring charts with fifteen goals and having reached this milestone for the third season in a row joins Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Christian Vieri as the last Inter players to do so.
Mauro Icardi [62 in 111 games] has now scored as many Serie A goals as Diego Milito [62 in 128 games] for Inter.
— IcardiStats (@IcardiStats) January 14, 2017