The chaotic 3-1 defeat to Brazil on Saturday night wasn’t the only action for Argentine players over the weekend. There was a full programme of matches in Mexico’s Primera División, and plenty of Argentines had starring roles. In a little taster as a first proper Argentines Abroad of the season, Tom Clark gave me a brief lowdown. The news isn’t all bad, in spite of the selección’s best efforts. Over to Tom:
Things kicked off on Friday night with a 4-2 away win for Santos Laguna over Estudiantes Tecos (formerly Tecos UAG) in Guadalajara. Daniel Emanuel Ludueña, who, healthy again, is playing with the fire he showed two years ago, struck with two sizzling three kicks, put in a third to clinch the win and now, with five goals in his past two games, stands tied atop the scoring table with six. The man he stands tied with is Emanuel Villa, formerly of Derby County in England, now back in Mexico and having a resurgent season at Cruz Azul.
On Saturday night Pachuca, playing at home, crushed Jaguares de Chiapas on the strength of Argentine skills. Damián Manso – LDU Quito’s Copa Libertadores-winning number 10 last year – scored one and set up another. HEGS / Mundo Albiceleste Best Argentine Abroad 2008-2009 nominee ‘Chaco‘ Giménez also scored.
Tigres, at home to América, pulled out a 1-1 draw on the strength of a goal by Gastón ‘La Gata‘ Fernández, also rejuvenated by his return to Mexico from San Lorenzo. And on Sunday Atlante managed a home win over Pumas, the only goal of the match scored by Gabi Pereyra.
So you’ll see it was a great weekend for Argentina… somewhere.