Lepers Abroad: Gameweek ending 14 September

Lepers Abroad: Gameweek ending 14 September

From Newell’s to the Premier League: El Loco at Anfield

Welcome to our round-up for the Gameweek ending 14 September 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 made their comeback to the Premier League with a brave performance in a 4-3 loss to champions Liverpool. The eyes of Argentina were on Bielsa’s side and there was widespread admiration for the way in which they attacked a Liverpool side who haven’t lost a league game at Anfield for 3 years.

Bielsa’s Premier League debut was front-page news in Argentina


Cristian Battocchio came on as a 24-minute substitute replacing the injured Haris Belkebla in Stade Brest’s impressive 0-2 away win at Dijon in the third week of the new Ligue 1 season.


Ezequiel Ponce scored a stunning goal for Spartak Moscow in the derby against CSKA but it wasn’t enough for his team who lost 3-1.


Daniel Mancini played for 71 minutes in Aris Thessaloniki’s opening game in the Greek Premier Division, a 3-1 win over PAS Lamia.


Adrian Lucero and Emanuel Dening‘s Enosis Neon Paralimniou lost for the third time in a row in the Cypriot First Division. This time, home team Nea Salamina Famagusta defeated them 2-0.


Milton Valenzuela had a fine game in top-of-the-table Columbus Crew’s 2-2 draw away to Chicago Fire on 12 September.

Franco Escobar continued to struggle with lowly Atlanta United who were beaten 4-2 by Nashville SC.


Nahuél Guzmán returned for Tigres after recovering from COVID-19. He kept a clean sheet in his team’s 2-0 win over Santos Laguna on 13 September and earlier was at the helm of a 1-1 draw with Club León on 9 September.

Luis Leal started his career at Club Tijuana with two appearances off the bench. On 10 September, he was introduced after 76 minutes in the 2-0 away defeat to Mazatlan FC while he played for 21 minutes of the second half in Xolos’ defeat to Cruz Azul (1-2) on 13 September.

Andrés Lillini, who’s playing career started at Newell’s Old Boys, is riding high at the top of the LigaMX as manager of Pumas. His side took 6 points from two games against Santos Laguna (1-2) and Atlético de San Luís (3-0) in the last week.


Braian Rivero started in two wins for Independiente del Valle as they continue their preparation for a big Copa Libertadores clash against Brazilian side Flamengo. On 9 September, he was taken off after 76 minutes in an away win (1-3) at Deportivo Cuenca while on 13 September he played for 62 minutes in IDV’s home win against Delfín (4-2).

There was no joy for Francisco Fydriszewski who played the full match in LDU Portoviejo’s away defeat at Mushuc Runa on 11 September. The fiery game saw 3 red cards handed out.

Victor Figueroa continued his strong run of a form with an impressive assist for Jhonny Quinonez in Aucas’ 2-0 win against Deportivo Cuenca in a 3rd vs 4th clash.

Victor Figueroa provides a goal for Jhonny Quinonez as Aucas triumph in Ecuador

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