A good day for Argentine forwards in La Liga. Against Ever Banega’s new club, Sergio Agüero got the better of his compatriot, scoring the game’s only goal in the Calderón as Atlético de Madrid beat Valencia 1-0. Elsewhere, Diego Milito bagged a brace but was let down by his team-mates as Real Zaragoza could only draw with Real Mallorca.
Agüero got the only goal of his side’s game midway through the first half, to mark his 9th of the season in the league and leave Valencia well off the pace in seventh. Atléti, meanwhile, are third, three points behind Barcelona and ten behind Madrid. Banega made his first appearance for Los Ches when he came off the bench at half-time.
Milito, meanwhile, can’t win even when he scores twice. Zaragoza recorded their ninth straight match without a win in spite of his double, drawing 2-2 at home to Real Mallorca. Roberto Ayala also started and Andrés D’Alessandro came on as a second-half sub, whilst Germán Lux, Ariel Ibagaza, Jonás Gutiérrez and Oscar Trejo all featured for the islanders. Mariano Pavone had a successful weekend, netting the first of the game as Real Betis ran out 3-2 winners in an epic match against Roberto Abbondanzieri’s Getafe, and Pablo Alvarez, formerly of Boca and Estudiantes, bagged the second as Racing Santander won 2-0 away to Osasuna.
In Italy, Esteban Cambiasso scored the second as Internazionale won yet again, 3-2, away to Siena.