Argentinos Abroad: Gio Simeone’s stock rises, Higuaín strikes again, De Paul hits the headlines & more

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Another weekend of action and so Argentinos Abroad returns for a quick (and much lighter than usual) 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.

Giovanni Simeone’s stock continues to rise and amid talk of hefty bids from Sevilla and Villarreal, the 21-year-old struck his ninth and tenth goals of his debut Serie A season in Genoa’s 3-3 draw with Fiorentina.

Juventus extended their lead at the top of the table thanks to a 2-0 win away to Sassuolo and Gonzalo Higuaín joined the leaders at the top of scoring charts with his fifteenth goal of the season. Edgardo Bauza’s preferred number nine scored from close range to open the scoring and while many would question his position for Argentina, the 29-year-old now has 51 goals in 56 Serie A matches over the past two seasons.

Higuaín joins Mauro Icardi on fifteen goals and while the Inter Milan captain wasn’t on target in his side’s 3-0 win against Pescara, the 23-year-old added an eighth assist of the season to also lead the way in that statistic.

Former Racing youngster Rodrigo de Paul was at the centre of Udinese’s win over AC Milan. Minutes after the Rossoneri were screaming for a red card for the 22-year-old for a challenge on Mattia De Sciglio, De Paul rifled in the winner for Udinese.

A rare weekend passed in Spain without an Argentine goal and the big winners were Real Madrid. Barcelona were left cursing their luck after the absence of goal line technology denied them a valid goal and instead a Lionel Messi assist for Luis Suárez could only rescue a point againts Real Betis. Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla slumped to defeat away to Espanyol and Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid were fortunate to claim a draw away to Mauricio Pellegrino’s Alaves.

In Greece, Pablo Mazza scored from the penalty spot in Asteras Tripolis’ 1-1 draw with Panionios and finally in what was a low scoring weekend in México, Carlos Izquierdoz headed Santos Laguna’s second in their victory over Puebla.

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