Argentinos Abroad: Messi’s freekick record, an Alan Ruiz golazo, Papu, Trejo, Mancuello, Wanchope, Sambueza and Guido Rodriguez goals plus much more


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.

The records just keep on tumbling for Lionel Messi and in Saturday’s victory over Athletic Club, the Argentina captain curled in his 27th Barcelona free kick to overtake Ronald Koeman.

Question marks perhaps over goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz given the acute angle that Messi whipped in the free kick but Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 win to remain clinging onto title hopes.

Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla dropped points in the title race after being held to a rare goalless draw by Villarreal and Pablo Piatti scored his seventh of the campaign with a skidding long range effort to give Espanyol an away win against Malaga.

Porto kept the pressure on Benfica at the top of the Primeira Liga after a hard fought 2-1 win over Sporting Clube de Portugal. Two first half goals had the Dragões in control but a wonderful Alan Ruiz strike brought Sporting back into the match with half an hour remaining.

The big match in Italy was the Derby d’Italia and while Gonzalo Higuaín, Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi were all involved, Juan Cuadrado’s blistering strike gave Juventus a vital win over Inter Milan.

One Argentine who was on target was Alejandro Papu Gómez as the 28-year-old’s sensational early brace gave Atalanta victory over Cagliari. The former Arsenal and San Lorenzo forward has been outstanding this season and aside from talks of a summer transfer to Roma, might just be interesting Edgardo Bauza, who was in Italy this week to keep tabs on players.

Sergio Agüero has found himself at the centre of transfer speculation this week after young Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus strengthened his claims for a starting role over Kun with a match winning double against Swansea. Agüero has said he will see what the club want to do with him in the summer but it has prompted a number of reports linking the striker with a move away from the Etihad.

In France, Óscar Trejo scored a delightful goal in Toulouse’s 4-0 win over Angers on Saturday. The former Boca Juniors midfielder exchanged quick passes in the penalty area before clipping the ball into the net to add the third.

Federico Mancuello scored twice, the second an absolute thunderbolt, as Flamengo won 4-0 against Nova Iguaçu in the Campeonato Carioca. The former Independiente captain had been strongly linked with a move away from Rio de Janeiro but is a firm favourite among supporters.

São Paulo slumped to a 4-2 defeat against Audax but Andrés Chávez scored both goals.

Another player linked with a move away from Brazil was Ramón Wanchope Abila but for now the big number nine remains with Cruzeiro and his brace earned his side a 2-1 win over Tricordiano.

Pablo Mouche made a goalscoring debut for Olimpia in Paraguay having gone ten months without a goal thanks to a couple of failed loan spells. The 29-year-old opened the scoring to ensure Olimpia made a winning start to the league campaign away to Sportivo Trinidense.

The Chilean league season got back underway this weekend and last season’s player of the tournament, Diego Buonanotte ensured champions Universidad Católica made a winning start. El Enano controversially won a penalty five minutes from time and got up to slot the ball into the net.

Pablo Guede’s Colo Colo made an impressive start to the season with a 3-0 win over Martín Palermo’s Unión Española. Estudiantes academy product Ramón Fernández opened the scoring and paved the way for the win.

Deportes Iquique enjoyed a 2-0 win over nine-man Universidad de Chile thanks to goals from Tomás Charles and Diego Torres.

Marcos Riquelme scored the second in Audax Italiano’s win over Cobresal….

And Universidad de Concepción won 2-1 away to Palestino with Jonathan Benítez scoring the opener.

In México and Tijuana’s Argentine contingent continue to lead the way with Los Xolos chalking up a fourth straight win. Despite falling behind to León, two penalties, the second converted by Milton Caraglio, had the visitors in front and when the impressive Guido Rodríguez rifled in a volley from distance, Miguel Herrera’s side took control.

Toluca are keeping pace and remain two points off the lead after a surprising away win over champions Tigres. Rubens Sambueza curled in a superb free kick with 20 minutes remaining for his first goal for the club which proved to be the difference.

Rogelio Funes Mori scored his second goal of the season for Monterrey but it wasn’t enough all three points against Necaxa as Claudio Riaño flicked in an equaliser after half time.

Chivas were in action against Boca Juniors this week and were almost on the end of a shock defeat at home to Santos Laguna on Sunday after Julio Furch poked the visitors ahead. Only an injury time equaliser spared Matias Almeyda’s blushes.

And finally in Australia’s A-League, Nicolás Martínez proved instrumental in Western Sydney Wanderers win over Wellington Phoenix with a goal and an assist.

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