A late and short edition, this one, made so by a combination of my writing commitments elsewhere, and the running of the last round of the domestic championship into Monday night. HEGS has earned a bit of a day off in one respect – this website is three years old today. The weekend just gone saw Argentine scorers for each of Spain’s top three (and all three were absolutely brilliant), Lucho González returning to scoring ways in France, yet another goal (but also another defeat) for Lucas Barrios in Germany, several strikes in Serie A and just a couple in Mexico this week.
In Spain three players in top form – or perhaps simply three top players, such has been the length of that good spell for two in particular – got on the scoresheet for La Liga’s top three sides. For Valencia, Ever Banega got things going very early on as his side beat Real Valladolid 2-0 in the Mestalla; Lionel Messi scored even earlier for Barcelona, who went on to beat Getafe 2-1 at home with Gaby Milito making his first start of the season at the back (take note, Diego Maradona), and Gonzalo Higuaín scored Madrid’s third in the last minute as they cruised to a 3-0 win over Espanyol in the Bernabéu. There’s been reported interest in Higuaín this week from Juventus, but Madrid’s directors appear to have finally seen the light – after appearing to devalue him for so long they’ve finally decided that maybe the club’s leading goalscorer over the last season and a half just might deserve a contract extension, rather than a cut-price transfer. All well and good, but can he sell replica shirts?
Messi vs Getafe (no, not that one against Getafe…)
Banega vs Valladolid
Higuaín vs Espanyol
In France’s Ligue Un, Lucho González helped Olympique Marseilles to a 5-1 win at home to Valenciennes. Lucho opened the scoring in the 33rd minute as his side went fourth in the table. Elsewhere Gonzalo Bergessio got one in Saint Etienne’s 3-0 victory over Monaco. And in the Bundesliga, Lucas Barrios scored yet again – his 17th of the season – but his Dortmund side lost as they did last week. This time it was 3-2 to visitors Eintracht Frankfurt.
Lucho vs Valenciennes
Serie A saw more Argentine success though. Diego Milito and Walter Samuel both scored as leaders Internazionale claimed a 3-0 win over Cagliari. The opener, from Goran Pandev, came after an age-defying burst down the right side of the pitch from Javier Zanetti. whilst elsewhere there was a headline for Maxi López. The former River Plate, CSKA Moscow, Real Mallorca, Grêmio and… um… FC Barcelona forward scored the only goal of the game to give Catania a win away to Lazio.
Inter vs Cagliari (Zanetti helping create the first; Samuel scoring the second, Milito the third)
Lazio vs Catania (Maxi scores the only goal)
Finally, over to Tom Clark to take us through the action in Mexico.
Only two Argentine goals in round 4 of the Mexican torneo. On Saturday Vicente Matías Vuoso scored to complete a 2-0 Santos win away to Cruz Azul. And on Sunday the defender Jorge Zamogilny opened the scoring as Estudiantes Tecos, playing away and coming off the floor after three league defeats (and a disappointing early exit from the Copa Libertadores, at the hands of the unheralded Peruvian club Juan Aurich), overcame Jaguares de Chiapas 3-0.
Two other Argentines, both creative midfielders, had busy and productive days on Saturday, however. Damián Manso, playing brilliantly through the early weeks of the season, set up both scores (both put in by Ulisses Mendivil) in a 2-0 home win for Pachuca over San Luis. Meanwhile Lucas Lobos, also deftly assisting on two scores (both by the Brazilian Itamar Batista), led Tigres back from a two-goal deficit to secure a 2-2 draw at home to Pumas (UNAM).
Cruz Azul vs Santos Laguna (Vuoso’s goal second)
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