Pablo Osvaldo had a good time on Sunday, making a few headlines in Italy. The striker, who recently announced his intentions to represent Italy rather than the country of his birth, got sent off for his Gabriel Batistuta-emulating goal celebration after a late winner for Fiorentina. The performer of the weekend, though, was Sergio Agüero.
Osvaldo started his playing career at Lanús, and went on to a mini-tour of southern Buenos Aires, also turning out for Banfield and Huracán before moving to Italy. He joined Fiorentina at the start of the current season and wrote his name into the history of the highly-charged Juventus-Fiorentina fixture on Sunday afternoon, coming off the bench to score the winning goal for La Viola three minutes into stoppage time. He celebrated by tearing his shirt off and making a Batigol-imitating machine gun gesture to the crowd. For removing his shirt, he picked up his second yellow card, but his team-mates held out for the remaining few seconds to pick up a 3-2 win. If Osvaldo does, as intended, represent Italy in the not-too-distant future, you won’t be reading much about him on this site, so welcome to the Argentines abroad feature, Pablo, and enjoy it while it lasts.
Sergio Agüero, meanwhile, will be mentioned quite a bit more here, one must suspect. Against Barcelona on Saturday the Atlético de Madrid forward was absolutely unplayable. After Barça took an early lead, their bogey team clicked into life and Agüero was central to the performance, scoring twice (the second a wonderful solo effort), setting up fellow Argentine Maxi Rodríguez for his goal, and winning a penalty which was dispatched by Uruguayan former Independiente striker Diego Forlán as Atléti won 4-2. Barcelona-supporting daily Sport were so impressed as to bestow upon El Kun the mantle ‘of “star” which had appeared reserved solely for Leo Messi.’
Atlético de Madrid 4 – 2 Barcelona (Agüero’s goals are Atléti’s first and fourth)
Pablo Osvaldo: Juventus 2 – 3 Fiorentina (90th min +3)