Marcos Acuña may have become Jorge Sampaoli’s makeshift left back for Argentina but in his more natural offensive position, the 25-year-old shone in Sporting Clube de Portugal’s 5-1 win over Chaves.
Prolific Dutch striker Bas Dost will take the headlines after his hat-trick but Acuña’s double hasn’t gone unnoticed in Argentina as every player pushes to ensure a place in Sampaoli’s World Cup squad.
Two powerful Dost headers already had Sporting firmly in control when they cut through the Chaves backline for Gelson Martins to leave Acuña the simple task of rolling the ball into an empty net.
A fierce left footed strike, typical of the sort of goal Acuña scored at Racing Club, made it four before Dost nodded in his third of the game and Sporting’s fifth.
Struggling Chaves did manage a consolation in stoppage time but the result was in no doubt and Sporting remain only two points behind league leaders Benfica.
Acuña had already scored in European competition since joining Sporting but these were his first Liga Nos goals. Two goals and three assists in eight matches is a good return for a player making his first steps outside Argentina and having already proven his versatility to Jorge Sampaoli, El Huevo is increasingly looking to be a guaranteed member of the Argentina squad in Russia.