Argentinos Abroad: Banega brace, Gaitán & Gio Simeone score, Acuña impresses for Sporting, Zenit thrash Spartaq, Benfica lift Supercopa & Bielsa makes winning start (VIDEO)


Whether it was in competitive action or still just in preseason, plenty of Argentinos were making headlines this weekend in Europe and Golazo provides a quick round-up of the action…

Éver Banega scored twice at Goodison Park as Sevilla drew 2-2 with Everton as part of their La Liga preparations. Eduardo Berizzo, taking over from Jorge Sampaoli in Andalusia, looks to build on the exciting side that finished fourth last season and in bringing Banega back to the club have undoubtedly strengthened.

The ever-improving Joaquín Correa was a constant threat and with the home side defending their early lead it was the youngster’s positive run that created the opening for Banega to rifle in the equaliser.

Banega swiftly added a second from the penalty spot but Everton claimed a late equaliser through Kevin Mirallas.

Sevilla’s six Argentinos were all in action but Banega and Correa look set for big seasons and could be important players for Sampaoli’s Argentina.

Atlético Madrid were also in preseason action in England and Diego Simeone’s side snatched a late win in the Amex Stadium after Nicolás Gaitán had opened the scoring late in the first half. A goalless opening 45 minutes was drawing to a close when Gaitán’s long range effort slipping through the grasp of Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.

The newly promoted Premier League side to twice draw level but Lucas Hernández sealed the win for the Spanish visitors in the 89th minute.

Giovanni Simeone scored from the penalty spot as Genoa enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 friendly win over Dutch side Heerenveen. Miguel Veloso scored twice, his second a simple finish from a Simeone assist before the young Argentine striker found the top corner with a spot kick.

Sporting Clube de Portugal got their league season up and running with a 2-0 win away to Desportivo das Aves and recent signing Marcos Acuña made an impressive start. El Huevo led the assist stats in the Argentine Primera last season with Racing Club and took only 23 minutes to slice open Sporting’s newly promoted opponents for Gelson Martins to open the scoring. The Portuguese striker doubled the lead after the break as Sporting made a winning start.

Argentina’ second team, Zenit St Petersburg’s excellent start continued as Roberto Mancini’s side thrashed current champions Spartak Moscow 5-1 at the Krestovsky Stadium. Despite none of the Russian club’s ever-increasing number of Argentinos getting on the scoresheet, Emanuel Mammana, Leandro Paredes and Sebastián Driussi all started the crunch top of the table clash. Driussi supplied the killer pass for the first and fourth goals while a Paredes corner created the third as Zenit’s 100% start puts them top of the table.

Franco Cervi, Eduardo Salvio and Lisandro López were crowned Supercopa champions in Portugal as Benfica brushed aside Vitória de Guimarães 3-1. As league and cup double winners last season the Supertaça was a rematch of last year’s Taça de Portugal Final and once again Benfica prevailed. Goals from Jonas, Haris Seferović and Raúl Jiménez secured the title.

And finally, on the opening weekend in France, Marcelo Bielsa made an outstanding start to life as Lille manager as his side romped to a 3-0 win over Nantes.

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