Lepers Abroad: Gameweek ending 6 July

Bielsa barks instructions to his players during Leeds United’s 3-1 away win at Blackburn.
Photo: LeedsLive

Welcome to our round-up for the Gameweek ending 6 July 2020.

Lepers Abroad refers to the performances of ex-Newell’s players and coaches, along with well-known fans of Newell’s Old Boys, who now ply their trade outside of Argentina.


ENGLAND

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United retained their place at the top of the EFL Championship after a 3-1 away win at Blackburn. Kalvin Phillips scored the pick of the goals from a direct free-kick.

Lucas Boyé was an unused substitute in Reading’s 0-5 away win at Luton Town. His loan deal has been extended to the end of the current season in The Championship in agreement with parent club Torino.


SPAIN

Lionel Messi reached 700 goals in his professional career with a panenka penalty against Atlético Madrid in a 2-2 draw on 30 June. On 5 July, he provided two assists in Barcelona’s 4-1 away win at Villarreal. Barcelona remain four points behind leaders Real Madrid.

Éver Banega came on as a 62 minute substitute in Sevilla’s 3-0 win over Leganés. Banega is joining Al Shabab in Saudi Arabia but they have agreed to allow him to finish the season with Sevilla in Spain despite the move being set for 1 July.


RUSSIA

Ezequiel Ponce was a 65th minute substitute in Spartak Moscow’s 2-3 home defeat to Tambov.


GREECE

Daniel Mancini played a full 90-minutes in defeats to Panathinaikos (2-0) and AEK Athens (1-4) for his club Aris Thessaloniki. Teammate Martín Tonso didn’t feature in either game.


ITALY

Cristian Ansaldi came on as a late substitute in Torino’s Serie A defeats to Lazio (1-2) and Juventus in the Turin derby (4-1).

Nehuén Paz also tasted defeat twice in Serie A. He played a full 90 minutes for Lecce in the losses to Sampdoria (1-2) and Sassuolo (4-2). He was booked in both games.


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