Welcome to our round-up for the Gameweek ending 21st March 2021.
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 finally broke their London curse by beating Fulham 1-2 at Craven Cottage on 19 March. Leeds sit in 11th place in the Premier League with 39 points.
Lionel Messi four goals in the last week as he became Barcelona’s record appearance holder. On 15 March, he scored the first and last goal in a 4-1 over Huesca while on 21 March he scored two goals and provided two assists in Barcelona’s big 1-6 win away at Real Sociedad.
Lucas Boyé played a full 90 minutes in Elche’s 2-0 defeat to Sevilla on 17 March. On 21 March, he was involved throughout again, receiving a yellow card in Elche’s 1-1 draw with Getafe.
Mauricio Pochettino‘s PSG celebrated two win in the last week. On 17 March, they progressed in the Coupe de France, beating Lille 3-0 at home. On 21 March, they came away 2-4 winners in an impressive away win at Lyon in Ligue 1, taking them to the top of the table.
Mauro Icardi scored the opening goal in PSG’s 3-0 win over Lille on 17 March but went off injured after 38 minutes and then missed the Lyon game due to that injury.
Cristian Ansaldi assisted Simone Zaza’s winner as Torino came from 0-2 down to win 3-2 against Sassuolo on 17 March. On 21 March, he played another full 90 minutes but Torino were beaten this time, losing 1-0 away to Sampdoria.
Fernando Forestieri was a 75th minute substitute in Udinese’s 0-1 home defeat to Lazio on 21 March.
Lisandro Martínez‘s played a full 90 minutes in the Europa League on 18 March as Ajax claimed their place in the Quarter Finals (where they’ll meet Roma) by overcoming Young Boys 0-2. In the league on 21 March, Martínez started and finished the match again as Ajax defeat Den Haag 5-0.
Daniel Mancini played a full 90 minutes as his side Aris lost 1-0 away at Olympiacos on 21 March.
Adrian Lucero played for 81 minutes in Paralimni’s 1-0 defeat away at Achnas. Emanuel Dening played the full 90 in that match.
Tobias Donsanti was an unused sub in NK Solin’s 1-2 away win at Hajduk Split II on 21 March.
Éver Banega played a full 90 minutes as Al-Shabab fell to a surprising second defeat in a row, losing 1-3 to Al-Taawon on 20 March.
Nahuel Guzmán continued to suffer a hard time as Tigres’ goalkeeper. They lost 1-0 away at Pachuca on 19 March.
Andrés Lillini celebrated an important win for Pumas after going the previous nine games with only one victory. They narrowly defeated Atlético San Luis 0-1 on 20 March.
Santiago Solari’s Club América won for the fifth time in a row, beating Mazatlan 0-1 on 20 March. They trail Cruz Azul by 2 points at the top but are now 7 points ahead of 3rd placed Santos Laguna.
Lisandro Cabrera was sent on loan to Club Atlético Pantoja by his parent club, York United of Toronto, Canada.
Former Newell’s manager Héctor Bidoglio was announced as the new manager of Aucas. In his first game, the Ecuadorian side which features Victor Figueroa and Francisco Fydrizewski won 2-1 in the Copa Sudamericana against Guayaquil City (18 March).
Fydriszewski scored both goals in that game, opening the scoring from a penalty and then netting a winner in injury-time from a great header.
On 21 March in the league, it was Victor Figueroa’s time to score as he grabbed the equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Manta. Both Figueroa and “El Polaco” played the full 90 minutes in that game.
Lorenzo Faravelli made history, becoming the first player to score at Independiente del Valle’s new stadium as they won 2-0 against Delfín in the inaugural match at the Banco Guayaquil Stadium on 20 March.
Earlier in the week, he scored a brace (one penalty, one from open play) in IDV’s big 6-2 win over Unión Española in qualifying for the Copa Libertadores.