On Saturday one group of Argentines abroad got off to a very good start in a new campaign – José Luis Brown’s national Under 17 team beat Honduras 1-0 in the first match of their age group World Cup in Nigeria. Sergio Araujo scored the only goal of the game. Around the world in the club game, there was a sending off for Javier Mascherano in Liverpool vs Manchester United, and Argentine goalscorers were as widely spread as Chile, Mexico, Scotland and Germany.
In England, of course, Mascherano saw red for a stupid late challenge on Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar during Liverpool’s 2-0 win over their rivals (a match in which Emiliano Insúa also featured for the home side). Franco Di Santo‘s Blackburn were thrashed away to the club who own his registration, Chelsea, so the only Argentine goal of the weekend in Britain came north of the border, where former Vélez striker Damián Casalinuovo scored in Dundee United’s 2-0 win away to Aberdeen.
In Portugal, Porto beat Académica de Coimbra 3-2 at home, with the goals coming from Ernesto Farías (2) and Mariano González, and on Monday night Javier Saviola scored two for Benfica (to add to his brace against England’s Everton in midweek in the Europa League) in a 6-1 evisceration of Nacional de Madeira in which Pablo Aimar and Ángel Di María also turned out for the home side in the Estádio da Luz.
Spain saw a strike from reigning HEGS / Mundo Albiceleste Argentine Abroad of the year Lionel Messi, who got Barcelona’s fifth in their 6-1 win over Real Zaragoza, for whom Juan Pablo Carrizo spent the night picking the ball out the net. The only other Argentine goalscorer was Mariano Pavone, who scored one in Real Betis’s 2-0 win away to Girona, but that was in the second division.
Messi for Barça:
Two goals in the Bundesliga: Lucas Barrios scored early on Friday night for Borussia Dortmund, who eventually drew 1-1 away to Bayer Leverkusen, and former Racing prodigy Franco Zuculini bagged the final goal as Hoffenheim won 3-0 at home to Nurnberg. Italy saw no Argentine goalscorers in Serie A, but Ezequiel Lavezzi, Germán Denis and especially Jesús Dátolo all played their parts as Napoli took a surprise 1-0 win away from Fiorentina.
In the rest of South America, meanwhile, the highest-profile goal was Andrés D’Alessandro‘s for Internacional do Porto Alegre, who beat their city rivals Grêmio 1-0 – Pablo Guiñazú also played for the hosts, but Maxi López didn’t feature for the visitors. Chile, meanwhile, saw a glut of Argentine scorers: Ezequiel Miralles (for Colo Colo, who beat Cobreloa 2-1); Julio Laffatigue (in the first minute for Universidad de Concepción, who threw the lead away to lose 2-1 at home to Unión Española); Sebastián Tagliabue (in La Serena’s 3-0 win over Universidad de Chile), and Damián Díaz (in the last minute to complete Universidad Católica’s 3-0 win over Santiago Morning).
D’Alessandro wins the classico for Inter:
In North America, Claudio López banged in yet another for Kansas City Wizards, from the penalty spot in the last minute, to claim a 2-2 draw at home to DC United in MLS. And now, as ever, over to Tom Clark to fill us in on the action in Mexico:
Maybe the most active man was the oldest, Damián La Chilindrina Álvarez, who at forty remains a dangerous attacking force, penetrating on the wings, putting in crosses, always looking to be a threat; he set up the only goal of the day (by the Mexican delantero Ulises Mendivil) in Pachuca’s win at home to punchless and relegation-doomed Indios de Ciudad Juarez.
Another veteran attacker having a fine season, Gastón La Gata Fernández, was also a key provider over the weekend, setting up Tigres’ precious only goal in a hard-earned home draw with San Luis. Walter El Lorito Jiménez, in excellent form for Santos, scored his club’s only goal in a draw away to Jaguares de Chiapas.
And two Argentines – Gabi El Mystico Pereyra and Santiago Solari – scored both the goals between them in Atlante’s away victory over Atlas in Guadalajara.
Pereyra and Solari see off Atlas: