Welcome to our round-up for the Gameweek ending 13 December 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.
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United were beaten 1-2 by West Ham United at Elland Road. Next up for Bielsa’s side is Newcastle United on Wednesday night (16 December).
Lionel Messi scored the only goal in Barcelona’s 1-0 home win against Levante in La Liga.
Lucas Boyé played the full 90 minutes in Elche’s 0-1 home defeat to Granada.
Cristian Battocchio was an injury-time substitute as his side Brest won 2-1 at home to Reims.
Nehuén Paz came on at half-time for Bologna but couldn’t stop them being thrashed 1-5 at home to AS Roma.
Lisandro Martínez played a full game for Ajax in the Champions League as they went down 0-1 at home to Atalanta. In the league, he came on as a substitute in the 4-0 win over Zwolle on 12 December.
Ezequiel Ponce couldn’t follow up on a great performance last week as he put in a poor performance in Spartak Moscow’s 1-0 away defeat to Sochi.
Daniel Mancini was rested by Aris and didn’t get any playing time in their 1-0 over PAOK.
Emanuel Dening played for 72 minutes in Paralimni’s 0-0 draw against Achnas. In the same game, former Newell’s man Adrian Lucero completed 90 minutes for the home side.
Federico Falcone played a full match as his side Birkirkara’s won 0-1 away at Hibernians.
Éver Banega was yellow carded in Al-Shabab’s 1-1 draw against Al-Ittihad. He completed a full 90 minutes.
Cristian Lema was completely left out of the squad again as Damac went down 4-2 away to Al-Ettifaq on 12 December.
Milton Valenzuela celebrated an MLS title with his team Columbus Crew who overcame Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup Final on Sunday morning UK time.
Valenzuela has been every present for the Crew in their successful campaign and played a full 90 minutes in the final, with Massive Report calling it his most important game in the yellow shirt.
Andres Lillini’s Pumas were beaten in the final of the Liga MX by Club León. On 11 December, the sides drew 1-1 in the first leg but León were confirmed champions late on Sunday night (13 December) after winning the second leg 2-0.
It has been a mercurial rise for the ex-Newell’s Old Boys youth player who is now one of the hottest coaches in Mexico. Although he’ll be disappointed not to win the title, he has turned Pumas into a serious side when previously they were languishing at the bottom of the standings.
Martín Tonso scored against his old side Colo-Colo on 8 December to help La Serena to a 0-2 away win. On 13 December, he played for 10 minutes after coming on as a substitute as La Serena secured another league win, this time beating Coquimbo 1-0.
Carlos Rotondi played a full match as Santiago Wanderers defeated Everton de Viña del Mar 2-1 at home.
Victor Figueroa was back in the goals for Aucas on 9 December, scoring their opener in a 2-2 draw with El Nacional. On 13 December, he provided an assist for ex-Newell’s man Lisandro Alzugaray whose 55th minute winner was decisive in Aucas’ 2-1 home win over Barcelona SC.
Francisco Fydriszewski played a full 90 minutes in Portoviejo’s 1-1 draw with LDU Quito on 9 December and in their 0-0 draw with Mushuc Runa a few days later (12 December). After starting this season on fire, it’s now five games without a goal for El Polaco.
Lorenzo Faravello played a full 90 minutes and scored in Independiente del Valle’s 3-0 win over Emelec on 9 December. He played for 81 minutes a few days later as IDV grabbed all three points again, this time away to Guyaquil City. Braian Rivero was an unused substitute in both games.