Well, the national team were abroad, of course, but we’re not counting them. The Brazilian and Mexican leagues were the major top flights in action in spite of the international break during the weekend just gone, and there were goals in both of them. You can read about them and watch them right here, as well as read HEGS bidding farewell to one Bruno Marioni, who retired at the weekend.
In Brazil, Saturday saw Germán Herrera enter the fray with 27 minutes to go, and score an equaliser bang on the 90 minute mark as his Gremio side claimed a 1-1 draw away to Cruzeiro. On Sunday, Andrés D’Alessandro scored the final goal in the 84th minute of Internacional’s 3-1 win at home to Santos.
Cruzeiro 1 – 1 Gremio (Herrera’s goal is the second)
Internacional 3 – 1 Santos (D’Alessandro’s goal is the last)
And over, as ever, to Tom Clark, Our Man In Mexico.
The regular-season phase of the Mexican Apertura concluded on the weekend with Emanuel Tito Villa once again the man of the hour. On Saturday the 11th he led Cruz Azul back into the liguilla by scoring his 17th of the torneo, the only goal of the day in a 1-0 away win over Chivas. Villa finished the campaign sitting atop the individual scoring table by a healthy margin; his closest contender, the Chilean Hector Mancilla of Toluca, trailed by five goals. Finishing in a tie for fifth was Alfredo Chango Moreno of San Luis, with nine strikes for the campaign.
Chivas 0 – 1 Cruz Azul
On the same day Tigres came back to gain a 1-1 draw away to Pachuca on the strength of a Lucas Lobos goal. (Good news that, I’d hate to have to closed these regular-season reports without a good word for HEGS‘s favourite Argentine player in Mexico.)
Pachuca 1 – 1 Tigres (Lobos’s goal is second)
And finally: after fifteen seasons of professional football, Bruno Marioni, who played this season for Estudiantes Tecos, has announced his retirement at age 34 due to lingering injury problems. Anybody who watched Marioni’s phenomenal work for Atlas in the Copa Libertadores two years ago will understand why he will be remembered as a legend in Mexican fútbol.
Over his long career Marioni played in his native country for Newell’s, Estudiantes, Independiente and Boca (41 goals in 118 appearances) as well as for Sporting Clube de Portugal, Tenerife, and Villareal; in Mexico he made 148 appearances in total for Pumas, Toluca, Atlas, Pachuca and Estudiantes Tecos, accumulating 67 domestic league goals along the way. El Barullo was a caballero. Many were the thrills he provided: one of the more dashing attacking footballers of his era.
Here’s Bruno scoring for Pumas against Toluca back in 2004