After a week of recriminations for the selección, Diego Maradona travels to Europe to bang some heads together and break the news to some players that he’ll be picking Argentine-based players over them in future. All the same, there’s some food for thought for him (‘thought’, Diego: that’s ‘pensamiento‘ in castellano, a word you might like to look up in the dictionary) in the form of plenty of Argentine goals this weekend. After allowing the European season to warm up a bit prior to the international break, Argentines Abroad is back!
We’ll start off by linking to a decent video from the TN Sportblog which shows the majority of the goals by Argentines around the world this weekend. If you want to read along before or after (or whilst) reading this, feel free – I’ll be following the order of the video.
Spain first, and the two Argentine scorers both made their marks on Saturday. Former Deportivo Morón midfielder Diego Perotti blasted home from a narrow angle to put Sevilla 3-1 up at home to Real Zaragoza, a match they eventually won 4-1, and little Lionel Messi scored with a header as Barcelona won 2-0 away to Getafe.
The sole contribution from an Argentine in Portugal was one of the best strikes of the weekend, and it came from a resurgent Javier Saviola as Benfica demolished Belenenses 4-0 away. Saviola, already feted by the Portuguese press for some brilliant performances for his new club in the early weeks of the season, got a final solo effort to open the scoring just six minutes in.
In Italy, two centre forwards with pretensions to starting places for the national side made their cases heard. Hernán Crespo, introduced in the second half to join Rodrigo Palacio up front, and enjoying life at his new club Genoa, scored their third with quarter of an hour to go of a bad-tempered 4-1 win over Napoli. Hugo Campagnaro was sent off for the visitors at half time, whilst Ezequiel Lavezzi came off the bench with half an hour remaining, simultaneously to Crespo’s introduction. Crespo accepts that Maradona ‘doesn’t like his football,’ but insists that if he keeps scoring, he’ll surely be given a chance with Argentina. Would that it were true, Valdanito…
Diego Milito scored Internazionale’s second in a 2-0 win at home to Parma, in which Walter Samuel (an Argentine defender who can defend! Who’d have thunk it…) and Javier Zanetti also featured.
In Greece, former Banfield and Liverpool midfielder Sebastián Leto got the only goal of the game with twelve minutes to go as visitors Panathinaikos beat Panthrakikos. The video’s next highlight doesn’t count for HEGS purposes, but perhaps for the transfer rumours: former Banfield striker Dario Cvitanich, who since joining Ajax has announced he wants to play internationally for Croatia (and, indeed, has been named in their squads), scored a hat trick as the Amsterdam giants thrashed NAC Breda 6-0.
The final part of the TN video deals with Mexico, so I shall now hand the article over to Tom Clark, with thanks as usual for his contribution.
On Sunday Gastón ‘La Gata‘ Fernández scored again for Tigres – this time from the penalty spot – in a 2-1 away defeat to Monterrey. Martín Bravo put one across for Pumas at home to Pachuca [not shown in the vid], but the visitors came back to win 2-1 on a late score by the ageless Damián Alvarez [shown].
On Saturday the league’s in-form club, América, destroyed Estudiantes Tecos 4-0 at Azteca. Bruno Marioni saw red early for Tecos, but by then the game was already gone. Daniel ‘Rolfi‘ Montenegro (now with a somewhat regrettable mini-mullet) continues to grow into the role of key man for the Águila. He scored twice to lead the rout and was otherwise in the middle of a dominating attack all day.
On the same day San Luis, en casa, completed the demolition of once proud Chivas, whose coach resigned after the 4-0 debacle. The goal of the day [ironically not shown on the TN vid – see it below] was a lovely first-time strike by Alfredo ‘Chango‘ Moreno, who keeps scoring some of the prettiest goals you’ll ever see.
(Chango’s goal is the first in this highlight video of the match).
One other omission to the TN report of Argentine goals in ‘Europe’ (I never knew Mexico was part of the Old Continent): a player Diego Maradona does like also scored for his club. Fabricio Coloccini headed the only goal of the game as Newcastle United beat Cardiff City away from home in England’s second division. Put him up front!