Argentinos Abroad: Icardi starts season with brace, Pastore nets for PSG, Chávez scores in Greek debut plus Pocho & Chucky score (VIDEO)


Following on from Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuaín, Eduardo Salvio and Ángel Correa on Saturday, there were plenty more Argentinos in the news around the globe this weekend.

Argentina’s possible new number nine Mauro Icardi began his Serie A campaign in fine fashion with two goals as Inter made light work of Fiorentina at the San Siro. Tripped by David Astori after only five minutes, Icardi got up to tuck away the penalty and ten minutes later, added a perfectly timed header to double the lead.

Ican Perisic wrapped up the points in the second half but Inter captain Icardi was the man of the match and looks in terrific form ahead of Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Uruguay.

In Ligue 1, Paris Saint Germain demolished Toulouse 6-2 despite playing the final twenty minutes with ten men and although Neymar will dominate the headlines, Javier Pastore was back among the goals.

PSG were leading 3-1 when Pastore received the ball outside the penalty area and produced a perfectly placed, curled shot into the top corner.

Elsewhere, it was less good news for Marcelo Bielsa as his Lille side produced a limp performance and were beaten by Caen and Lucas Ocampos was sent off in Marseille’s 1-1 draw with Angers.

However, Emiliano Sala struck an excellent late volley to give ten-man Nantes victory over Troyes.

Former Banfield and Boca Juniors striker Andrés Chávez made his Panathinaikos debut on Sunday afternoon and slotted in his first goal in Greek football as his new side drew 1-1 with Platanias FC.

In China, Ezequiel Lavezzi’s tremendous goalscoring form continues as the veteran forward converted a controversial second half penalty to help Hebei China Fortune to a 2-0 win over Beijing Guoan. Pocho won the penalty, despite Beijing’s protests, before slamming the spotkick into the net for his 14th of the season.

And another regular goalscorer, Facundo Chucky Ferreyra opened the scoring for Shakhtar Donetsk in a 2-0 win against Olimpik Donetsk with a towering header. Ferreyra has three for the season already and will be one of the favourites for the golden boot in Ukraine.

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