Argentinos Abroad: Di María & Messi help clubs to top of table, Lautaro Martínez hits brace plus goals from Icardi, Papu, Correa & Magallán (VIDEO)

Argentinians had a positive impact across Europe over the weekend and with familiar faces past and present on target, we take a quick look at some of the goals.

Ángel Di María looked as though he might have played his last game for Argentina with Lionel Scaloni ushering in a new generation but the Paris Saint-Germain speed merchant scored twice in Friday’s victory over Nice to move five points clear at the top of Ligue 1.

Racing clear to slot past compatriot Walter Benítez after quarter of an hour, Di María added a sensational second soon after. The 31-year-old appeared to be running out of space as he chased a lofted pass over the top but a flick of the outside of his left boot lobbed Benítez from a tight angle and doubled PSG’s lead.

Nice did pull a goal back in the second half but were then reduced to nine men allowing PSG to wrap up the win in comfortable fashion.

With Di María involved in the build-up to both goals, Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi added two late on.

Only Mbappe has been involved in more goals than Di María in 2019 with El Fideo scoring 13 and adding seven assists. Will Scaloni bring Di María back into the national team ahead of 2020?

Barcelona also sit top of the table in Spain following a 3-0 win over Eibar on Saturday in which Lionel Messi played a starring role.

Antoine Griezmann had already given Barça the lead when Messi uncharacteristically spurned a one-on-one chance, Marko Dmitrovic sticking out an arm to prevent the Argentina captain rounding him.

However, Griezmann laid on a goal for Messi just before the hour mark and the world’s best player then unselfishly squared for Luis Suárez to tap in a third.

It has been a slow start to the season for Messi due to injury but the 32-year-old is favourite to lift the Ballon d’Or later this year and will be eager to make up for lost time.

Elsewhere in La Liga, Lisandro Magallán scored his first goal for Alavés with a thumping header in the 2-0 win over Celta de Vigo.

The 26-year-old has not made the most impressive of starts in Europe after struggling at Ajax since his transfer from Boca Juniors but opened the deadlock on Sunday. With the win Alavés jumped above Celta and are two points clear of the relegation zone.

In Italy, Inter Milan had to contend with a late rally from Sassuolo but continued their promising start under Antonio Conte with a 4-3 win.

Lautaro Martínez took just two minutes to fire in his third of the campaign and with a far easier chance soon after the 22-year-old should have doubled the lead.

Sassuolo equalised after quarter of an hour but a Romelu Lukaku double and then a second for Martínez from the penalty spot put Inter firmly in control at 4-1.

Two goals set up a far nervier finale than it should have been but Inter held on for the win and are only one point behind leaders Juventus.

Sassuolo fell short in their attempt to fight back but in Rome, Lazio fought from three-down to claim a draw with Atalanta.

Alejandro Papu Gómez added a third for the visitors before the break as Atalanta looked to be heading for a simple three points on the road before Tuesday’s Champions League trip to Manchester City.

However, a wonderful goal from Joaquín Correa in between two Ciro Immobile penalties salvaged a point for Lazio.

If you are interested in writing for Golazo and maybe know more about European football than you do Argentinian then problem solved, we are on the lookout for someone to take over Argentinos Abroad. If you keep your ears to the ground and want to keep the site updated with how the Argentinian players around the globe are getting on each week then drop us a line


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