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.
Juventus’ dynamic duo of Paulo Dybala and Gonazlo HIguaín ensured that the Bianconeri remain seven points clear at the top of Serie A as Dybala produced a man of the match performance in the 4-1 win over former club Palermo. The youngster’s stunning free kick doubled the lead before the break before the two Argentine forward’s assisted one another for the third and fourth.
Roma remain in the chase after an impressive 4-1 win over Torino in which Leandro Paredes struck the goal of the weekend. The former Boca youngster’s stinging half-volley left Joe Hart with no chance and with the points already secured, Maxi López came off the bench to snatch a consolation for the visitors.
Bottom of the table Pescara surprisingly thrashed Genoa 5-0 and were set on their way by a Lucas Orban own goal and in the Serie B, former Fulham defender Tiago Casasola scored his first for Trapani in a 2-2 draw with Spezia.
Lionel Messi spared Barcelona’s blushes and just about kept Luis Enrique’s side in the title race with both goals in the 2-1 win over Leganés. After tapping in from a Luis Suárez cross in the fourth minute it looked as though it wuold be a routine Barça but there was little improvement from the defeat to Paris Saint-Germain. However, after the visitors had equalised it took a last minute Messi penalty to take all three points.
Alan Ruiz scored for the third consecutive weekend as Sporting Clube de Portugal edged past Rio Ave 1-0 in the Primeira Liga.
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In Ligue 2, Reims remained in the promotion race with a 1-0 win over Clermont thanks to former Belgrano striker Pablo Chavarría’s only goal.
Martín Tonso scored his sixth goal of the season in Greece and on Saturday handed Atromitos a late win over Xanthi.
In Cyprus, Emilio Zelaya opened the scoring but couldn’t prevent Achnas slumping to a 4-2 defeat to Anorthosis and Silvio González scored twice as Aris comfortably beat Anagennisi Derynia 4-0.
Argentina striker Lucas Pratto made headlines last week when he completed a transfer to São Paulo and on Saturday, it took only nine minutes to mark his debut with a goal. The towering header set Rogerio Ceni’s side on their way but the match with Mirassol ended in a 2-2 draw.
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Ramón Wanchope Ábila was also on target but his penalty was only good enough for a 1-1 draw with União Recreativa dos Trabalhadores while Federico Mancuello added the third for Flamengo in a routine 4-0 win against Madureira.
In Bolivia, Guabira moved at least momentarily top of the table after a convincing 5-1 win over Universitario de Sucre with Eduardo Aguirre getting his name on the scoresheet; Cristian Alessandrini and Javier Sanguinetti were both on target as Nacional Patosí beat Sport Boys 3-1; Mariano Guerreiro opened the scoring as Blooming beat Jorge Wilsterman 3-2 and Enzo Maidana scored in Petrolero de Yacuiba’s 2-0 win against San José.
Martín Palermo’s Unión Española beat Deportes Temuco 5-2 for a first win of the season with Carlos Salom netting the fourth.
Another big win in Chile came courtesy of Antofagasta’s 5-0 thrashing of Universidad de Concepción where Flavio Ciampichetti scored his first goal of the season and Leandro Banegas also opened his account but couldn’t prevent Universidad de Chile slumping to defeat against Huachipato.
Former Patronato defender Santiago Fosgt scored in El Tanque Sisley’s 4-3 defeat to Cerro in the Uruguayan top flight.
In Paraguay, Guido di Vanni scored for Sportivo Luqueño in their 3-3 draw with Sportivo Trinidense.
Melgar continued their unbeaten start to the Peruvian league season with Emanuel Herrera netting from the penalty spot in the 3-0 win over Unión Comercio and Real Garcilaso made it three wins from three with victory against Sport Huancayo thanks in no small part to Alfredo Ramua, who registered a goal and an assist.
Atlético Venezuela earned a 2-1 win over Atlético Socopó with goals from Argentine pair Emiliano López and Jonathan Herrera.
Gerardo Martino was unable to follow up on last weekend’s maiden victory for Atlanta United as their second preseason friendly ended in defeat. Tata must really dislike the Higuaíns after Gonzalo’s misses for Argentina, brother Federico struck twice to give Columbus Crew victory.
In Liga MX, Pablo Barrientos’ looping header away to relegation threatened Morelia handed Toluca a fifth win of the season and ensured Los Diablos Rojos remained top of the table.
Chivas are now up to second after Matías Almeyda won the battle of the Argentine coaches with victory over Ricardo La Volpe’s Club América in the clásico. Tijuana lost ground on Toluca after throwing away a three-goal lead to draw against Pumas. Ignacio Malcorra put Xolos two-up with a fierce drive from distance and when Guido Rodríguez repeated the trick with an even more impressive strike, the result looked beyond doubt. However, a late rally saw Pumas salvage a point.
Club León remain bottom of the table after a 2-2 draw with Santos Laguna, a game in which all four goals were scored by Argentines. Julio Furch opened the scoring for the visitors from the penalty spot but were swiftly pegged back by Germán Cano’s low finish. Former Lanús defender Carlos Izquierdoz restored the lead for Santos before half time but Mauro Boselli poked in an equaliser ten minutes from time.
Nicolás Colazo came off the bench to add the finishing touch to Melbourne City’s 5-1 thumping of Wellington Phoenix and former Estudiantes midfielder Marcelo Carrusca slotted in the only goal of the game from the penalty spot for Adelaide United against Newcastle Jets.
In Malaysia, Lucas Cano scored nothing more than a consolation for Felda United in a 3-1 defeat to Selangor and in Vietnam, well-travelled, former Boca Juniors midfielder Víctor Ormazábal scored a hat-trick as Ho Chi Minh defeated Long An 5-2.