Ahead of another international break there were plenty of Argentinians impressing in Europe over the weekend. Some will be joining up with Lionel Scaloni’s squad and others will be hoping to force their way in, so here is a quick rundown.
Lionel Messi returns from his international suspension this week to captain La Albiceleste and does so in fine form after another virtuoso display for Barcelona.
It may have been another sub-par team performance but Messi’s left foot is the get out of jail free card and two almost identical free-kicks either side of half time, sealed career hat-trick number 52 for the world’s best player.
Lucas Ocampos continued his wonderful form with a fifth goal in eight games as Sevilla took derby bragging rights against Real Betis.
Scorer of the opening goal and a constant threat, Ocampos has undoubtedly been one of the best signings in La Liga. After his goal scoring debut for Argentina, the 25-year-old now looks to cement a regular place in Scaloni’s plans.
One of those players to perhaps have suffered from the emergence of Ocampos and slipped down the pecking order is Angel Correa but the Atlético Madrid forward is also in good form.
After going behind to Espanyol, Correa headed an equaliser for Atleti and with it was directly involved in four of Atletico’s last five LaLiga goals (1 goal, 3 assists). Diego Simeone’s side went on to win 3-1 and sit third, a point behind leaders Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Juventus sit top of Serie A after Paulo Dybala came off the bench to replace Cristiano Ronaldo and fired a 77th minute winner against AC Milan.
Dybala had replaced Ronaldo late on in Juve’s Champions League win over Lokomotiv Moscow last Wednesday and after 55 minutes on Sunday Maurizio Sarri repeated the move.
Second best for large parts against an improved Milan, Dybala struck 20 minutes after coming on and ensured Juve remain above Inter Milan.
Dybala isn’t the only Argentinian in good form in Italy at the moment as Joaquin Correa’s brace gave Lazio a 4-2 win over Lecce.
Two superbly taken goals took Correa’s recent tally in Serie A to five in five games and the 25-year-old will be hoping to force his way back into the Argentina squad.
Giovanni Simeone seems to have drifted off the radar for Argentina but scored an emotional goal against his former club as Cagliari thrashed Fiorentina.
A lovely back-heeled finish put Cagliari three-up before half time and it brought Simeone to tears, dedicating the goal to former teammate Davide Astori.
Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi are both hoping that the door hasn’t closed on them and neither could be playing any better for Paris Saint-Germain at present.
Against Brest on Saturday Di Maria raced clear to clip in his fifth goal of the season but when the home side equalised, it looked as though PSG were heading for a second league game without a win.
However, Icardi came off the bench ten minutes from time and moments later fired in a winner after some poor defending. A ninth goal in ten games for PSG, Icardi is proving himself to be one of Europe’s most lethal finishers once again.
Lisandro Martinez continued to push his claim for a place in Lionel Scaloni’s squad with another goal in Ajax’s win over Utrecht.
Bursting forward from his defensive midfield role, Martinez had already nearly scored when he sealed the victory with a towering header.
Whether or not his appeals for VAR will get him a goal Federico Fernandez played a key role in Newcastle United earning an important win over Bournemouth in the Premier League.
A member of the 2014 World Cup squad, Fernandez is unlikely to play for Argentina again but was excellent defensively and claims to have got a touch on Ciaran Clark’s goal.
VAR please I think it’s my goal 🤣 https://t.co/iMCxyXd7rl
— Fede Fernandez (@pajarofernandez) November 11, 2019
A little forgotten but still only 25 years of age, Luciano Vietto scored twice to give Sporting CP victory over Belenenses.
A sensational volley broke the deadlock in the 74 minute and soon after Vietto was on hand again to add his second.
And finally in the Bundesliga, Eintracht Frankfurt captain David Abraham made headlines for all the wrong reasons, flattening Freiburg coach Christian Streich to earn a red card and spark a brawl.
Unbelievable scenes! 🤯
Freiburg coach Christian Streich was absolutely flattened by Frankfurt captain David Abraham in a fiery Bundesliga clash this weekend! 💥😳 pic.twitter.com/0suEqwpa4y
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) November 11, 2019