Argentines abroad – 9th and 10th March

Carlos Tevez couldn’t help Manchester United through to the FA Cup semi-final, whilst Julio Arca’s Middlesbrough were also victims of an odd weekend in England, losing to Cardiff City. There were also Argentines in action in some of Europe’s ‘smaller’ leagues this weekend.

Fernando Cavenaghi’s Bordeaux, second in Ligue Un, played first-placed defending champions Lyon and, although they lost 4-2, Torito continued to press the case for a call-up to the national side with another goal, his side’s second. Cavenaghi’s 16th strike of the season leaves him just one behind Karim Benzema, who scored for Lyon, at the top of the French goalscoring charts.

In Portugal, Porto beat Academica Coimbra 1-0 with Lucho González and Lisandro López both starting, whilst Ernesto Farías and Mariano González both came off the bench, the latter getting sent off for ‘aggression’. Benfica, with Angel Di María starting and a goal from Oscar Cardozo, the Paraguayan striker who was formerly with Newell’s, drew 2-2 with lowly Uniao Leiria.

In Greece, there was a goal for former Olimpo forward Ismael Blanco as AEK beat OFI 4-1, and Fernando Belluschi helped Olympiakos to a 1-0 win over Veria.

In Spain, Gonzalo Higuaín had a rare bright day for Real Madrid, scoring the winner in his side’s 2-1 triumph over Espanyol. ‘I was getting frustrated at not having scored one like that,’ he told reporters after the game. Elsewhere, Marco Rubén got Recreativo’s consolation goal as they were thumped 7-1 by Real Mallorca.

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