One-hundred-and-ninety-one years after declaring independence from Spain, Argentina suddenly finds itself very much directing proceedings – at least as far as some of La Liga‘s leading clubs are concerned. After Leo Messi’s superb show for Barcelona on Saturday night, both Madrid clubs found themselves relying on contributions from Argentines.
Real Madrid stumbled and lost their 100% record after only managing a 1-1 draw away to newly-promoted Valladolid, with former River forward Javier Saviola coming off the bench to grab a late equaliser and cancel out Pedro López’s earlier strike for the hosts. Atlético, meanwhile, demolished Racing de Santander 4-0 with Sergio Agüero taking the plaudits and claiming a headed goal to top a performance that suggests he might be able to put the indifference of last season behind him, and carry his Under 20 World Cup form into the new domestic term. El Kun‘s fellow former Independiente striker, Uruguayan Diego Forlán, also scored.