Argentinos Abroad: Messi, Banega, Icardi, Tevez, Agüero, Rojo, Lanzini, Ruiz, Battaglia, Araujo, Vada, Mammana & much more (VIDEO)


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.

Lionel Messi produced a breathtaking performance with two superb goals and two assists as Barcelona brushed aside Celta Vigo 5-0 to keep hot on the heels of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

In the Spanish second tier, former Racing striker Pablo Caballero bundled in a consolation for Lugo in their 2-1 defeat to Almeria.

Éver Banega and Mauro Icardi were both on target as Inter Milan thrashed Cagliari 5-1. Banega hasn’t found things easy this season but had already created the opener when he curled in a wonderful free kick to double the lead.

Sergio Agüero scored his fifth goal in three games and his 23rd of the season with a trademark finish in Manchester City’s victory away to Sunderland.

City rivals, Manchester United were unable to find a winner against Bournemouth but Marcos Rojo did net his first Premier League goal in the 1-1 draw.

Manuel Lanzini rifled in a consolation goal in injury time as West Ham fell to defeat against league leaders Chelsea on Monday.

And in the Championship, Fernando Forestieri netted a second golazo in the space of a couple of weeks with a superbly struck free kick in Sheffield Wednesday’s 5-1 thumping of Norwich.

Two Argentine youngsters found the net in Bordeaux’s draw with Lyon as Valentín Vada gave the home side the lead only for former River Plate defender Emanuel Mammana to head his first goal for Lyon.

Alan Ruiz hit his fourth goal of the season in Sporting Clube de Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Guimaraes.

And ex-Huracán and Racing midfielder Rodrigo Battaglia also notched his fourth of the campaign with a powerful low drive for Braga in a win over Arouca.

Sergio Araujo put his drink driving scandals in Spain behind him to score for AEK Athens in their 1-1 draw away to Panionios and elsewhere in Greece, Lucas Villafáñez scored for Panathinaikos in a 5-0 win and Pablo Mazza struck a free kick but Asteras Tripolis still fell to defeat against Kerkyra.

The MLS season got underway this weekend and the big story was in Atlanta where Tata Martino’s United side debuted with defeat against New York Red Bulls. Youngster Yamil Asad scored the first goal in the club’s history but it wasn’t enough to hold on for victory.

MLS’ other new club Minnesota didn’t fair so well and were thrashed by Portland Timbers thanks in part to Argentine duo Diego Valeri and Sebastián Blanco.

Maxi Urriti got his first of the season with the opener in FC Dallas’ win over LA Galaxy.

Across the border and Matías Almeyda’s Chivas went top of Liga MX after a win against Toluca but they are only ahead of Pachuca on goal difference after the Tuzos won away to third-placed Tijuana. Damián Pérez had nodded Los Xolos ahead but three second half goals, one by Franco Jara, put the visitors in control. Milton Caraglio pulled one back in stoppage time but couldn’t prevent Tijuana losing.

Monterrey climbed to fourth after a win over Querétaro – Emanuel Villa had brought the visitors level from the penalty spot but Jonathan Cristaldo added the fourth to end a comfortable evening for Los Rayados.

Matías Alustiza was on target for Atlas in a 1-1 draw away to Necaxa and Mauro Boselli headed ten-man León ahead against América only for the game to end all square.

Moving further south to Bolivia where Marcos Ovejero scored in Sport Boys 4-3 defeat to Oriente Petrolero, Federico Silvestre earned Universitario de Sucre a draw with Jorge Wilstermann and Antonio Rojano, Enzo Maidana and Diego Alvarez were all on target in Real Potosi’s 4-3 win over Petrolero de Yacuiba.

Hernán Barcos scored again for Liga de Quito in a 1-1 draw with Independiente del Valle and Bruno Vides added the second in Emelec’s win over Macara.

Goals galore in Chile, where Deportes Iquique were knocked off top spot after a 2-2 draw with Audax Italiano. Diego Torres and Diego Bielkiewicz scored both goals for the home side but the point allowed Colo Colo to jump above. Everton remained in fourth with a third consecutive draw, Raúl Becerra opened the scoring but it ended 2-2 with Santiago Wanderers. Unión Española chalked up another win with Sebastián Jaime, Diego Churin and Carlos Salom all scoring in a 3-0 win against Huachipato.

Elsewhere, Cristian Insaurralde scored for O’Higgins, Matías Rodríguez was on target in Universidad de Chile’s 3-1 win against Palestino and Sergio López got his name on the scoresheet as Deportes Temuco beat Cobresal.

Carlos Tevez made his Chinese Super League debut and marked it with a goal and two assists as Shanghai Shenhua eased to victory.

Tomás De Vincenti’s powerful strike earned Al-Shabab a draw against Dibba in the Arabian Gulf league.

And finally, Lucas Cano scored for Felda United in the Malaysian top flight.


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