After his decisive cameo in Atlético Madrid’s Super Cup victory and a spot back in the Argentina squad, Ángel Correa maintained his fine start to the season with the opening goal in Atlético Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Valencia.
The 23-year-old has had to bide his time in Madrid but has proved himself over the past year and is now set for an instrumental role in Diego Simeone’s side as the attempt to wrestle the league title from Barcelona.
Correa put Atleti ahead away to Valencia on Monday evening midway through the first half, slotting in after a wonderful disguised pass by Antoine Griezmann but Los Colchoneros couldn’t hold on for all three points.
Rodrigo’s well taken equaliser meant a share of the points but Correa’s form is good news for a new look Argentina next month.
Elsewhere in LaLiga, Mauricio Pellegrino’s Leganés fell to a 2-1 defeat away to Athletic Club but Jonathan Silva opened his account for the club.
The 24-year-old was playing a little further forward from his usual left-back position and a deflected volley brought Leganés level having fallen behind early.
Silva has never quite lived up to the potential of being Argentina’s long-term solution at left-back but has made a promising start to his career in Spain even if Leganés did end up suffering defeat in Bilbao.
And in Italy, Alejandro Papu Gómez served a reminder of his talents after dropping down the pecking order for Argentina.
The Atalanta captain scored twice and created two more as La Dea defeated Frosinone 4-0 in their Serie A opener.
A smart finish after Frosinone had given away possession after quarter of an hour opened the scoring and a rampant second half display started with Gómez crossing for Hans Hateboer.
Papu would be provider again allowing Mario Pasalic to tap in a third before the club icon found the bottom corner from outside the penalty area.