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.
Who needs Dimitri Payet? That is what the West Ham United supporters are thinking after the impressive displays of Manuel Lanzini since the sulky French playmaker left the club. The Hammers were unlucky not to beat West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and had it not been for some suspect refereeing, Lanzini’s superb goal would have been the winner.
— Irons News (@IronsNews) February 11, 2017
Sergio Agüero has been making headlines in the press over the past week with speculation over his Manchester City future but when Gabriel Jesus limped out of the clash with Bournemouth with a suspected metatarsal injury, Kun was handed another chance. His toe-poked finish may eventually have gone down as own-goal but if Jesus’ injury is as bad as feared, the Argentina striker will be seeing plenty of action in the coming weeks.
In Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain kept the pressure on Monaco at the top of the table after a 3-0 win away to Bordeaux. Ángel Di María has found his position under threat with the arrival of Julian Draxler but scored the second in style, after clipping the ball over the goalkeeper on the counter.
There appears little to stop Juventus from lifting a sixth consecutive Serie A title and despite not being at their best on Sunday against Cagliari, two predatory finishes from Gonzalo Higuaín gave the Bianconeri a 2-0 win to maintain a seven-point lead at the top.
One of the players of the season so far in Italy has been Alejandro Papu Gómez and the pint-sized forward struck again as Atalanta beat Palermo to go into fourth. Cutting out a slack pass, Papu raced into the penalty area to rifle in number two.
And on Monday night, Lucas Biglia’s penalty almost handed Lazio an important victory over AC Milan but Suso’s 85th minute equaliser meant a share of the points in the race for European competition.
Lucas Biglia: Only Diego Perotti (6) has scored more penalties in Serie A this season than Biglia (3) #LazioMilan
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) February 13, 2017
Lionel Messi claimed his customary weekend goal in Barcelona’s 6-0 thrashing of Alaves. In a preview of the Copa del Rey final, Barça ran away with it after Messi drilled in the third to spark a deluge of second half goals.
Sevilla remain in the race after Joaquín Correa’s late winner against Las Palmas.
Atlético Madrid are almost certainly out of the title race but ensured that they stayed in fourth after a dramatic victory over Celta Vigo. Former Racing defender Gustavo Cabral headed Eduardo Berizzo’s side ahead and leading 2-1 with minutes remaining, it looked as though the visitors would be stealing all three points. However, Diego Simeone’s side scored twice in two minutes to snatch the win.
Alan Ruiz followed up his stunning goal in last weekend’s defeat to Porto with a less impressive but valuable strike in Sporting CP’s 3-2 win over Moreirense.
Pablo Batalla scored from the penalty spot in Bursaspor’s 1-1 draw at home to Fenerbahce.
And in the Greek Super League, Emanuel Perrone netted for Iraklis in a 2-2 draw against AEK Athens.
Jumping across the pond, Gerardo Martino made a winning start as Atlanta United manager with the MLS’ newest franchise recording a 4-0 win over Chattanooga in a preseason friendly. Héctor Villalba scored the first goal before Vélez youngster Yamil Asad curled in a superb second.
Start your week off right ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/vWORHrMZFU
— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) February 13, 2017