It’s been a relatively quiet week for Argentines in Europe, with most of those who represented the selección during the week still recuperating from their journey home. In the wake of Alfio Basile’s resignation as Argentina boss though, this weekend was a chance for certain other hopefuls to prove to the next man that they might also merit inclusion. So how did they do? A slightly rushed post this time round because I started it a bit too late at night, but the lowdown on the main players from the weekend just gone in Europe in North America is right here.
In Italy, Esteban Cambiasso and Javier Zanetti featured as champions Internazionale thrashed second-placed Roma 4-0 away from home on Sunday. Walter Samuel sat on the bench throughout as usual, but Julio Cruz came on for double goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic late on. Down in Naples the previous day, Napoli beat Juventus in the San Pablo for the second season running, with Ezequiel Lavezzi further endearing himself to the fans by scoring the winner with ten minutes to go. For Lazio, Juampi Carrizo had a match to forget, conceding three goals in the opening 26 minutes away to Bologna as his side lost 3-1, with Mauro Zárate unable to score at the other end.
The Madrid derby was the fixture of the weekend in Spain, and there was Argentine representation on both sides courtesy of Leo Franco, Ever Banega and Sergio Agüero for the hosts, and Gonzalo Higuaín for the visitors, who scored the winner for Real Madrid deep into stoppage time with a penalty. On Sunday, former Estudiantes man Mariano Pavone scored for Real Betis in their 3-0 win over Real Mallorca, and Roberto Abbondanzieri made his return from injury for Getafe away to Málaga – he played poorly and was at fault for what turned out to be the winner as the hosts won 2-1.
No action in Portugal this weekend, and for a change Fernando Cavenaghi didn’t score for Bordeaux in France, but in Germany Martín Demichelis featured for Bayern München as they won 1-0 away to Karlsruhe to stay in eleventh place in Bundesliga 1. In Mexico, Lucas Lobos scored twice – the first a penalty – as Pumas beat Monterrey 4-1 away from home, and in MLS Claudio López put Kansas City 1-0 up on their way to a 3-2 win over San José, whilst Gonzalo Peralta featured for DC United, who beat New England 2-1.