Welcome to our round-up for the Gameweek ending 25th April 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 made it 6 games unbeaten in a row with a 0-0 draw against rivals Manchester United at Elland Road on 25 April.
Lionel Messi scored twice and provided an assist in a 5-2 win for Barcelona over Getafe on 22 April. On 25 April, he didn’t get on the scoresheet but played a full 90 minutes in a 1-2 away win at Villarreal as the title race heated up in La Liga.
Lucas Boyé scored the only goal of the game as his Elche side won 1-0 against Levante on 24 April.
Mauricio Pochettino‘s PSG progressed to the semi-finals of the Coupe de France with a 5-0 thrashing of Angers on 21 April while they moved back to the top of Ligue 1 with a 1-3 away win at Metz on 24 April.
Mauro Icardi was on top form in both games, scoring a hat-trick in the win against Angers before coming on as a sub with 10 minutes to go to convert a delightful “Panenka” penalty against Metz.
Cristian Ansaldi was a 65th minute substitute for Torino in their 1-1 draw with Bologna on 21 April.
Fernando Forestieri was an unused substitute in Udinese’s 2-4 win over Benevento on 25 April.
Lisandro Martínez played completed two full games this week, playing on 22 April in a 1-1 draw for Ajax at home to Utrecht before turning out in Ajax’s 2-0 win against AZ Alkmaar again at home on 25 April.
Daniel Mancini scored for Aris in their 1-1 draw against Asteras Tripolis on 25 April in the Greek Superleague.
Emanuel Dening and Adrian Lucero both started Paralimni’s 3-3 draw with Nea Salamis on 24 April but were substituted in the second half.
Nehuén Paz made only his second start in 3 months for Kayserispor who were beaten 3-1 away to Besiktas on 24 April. Paz played the full 90 minutes.
Ezequiel Ponce was limited to 14 minutes as a substitute in Spartak Moscow’s 1-0 win over CSKA in the Russian Premier League on 25 April.
Tobias Donsanti came on as an 56th minute substitute for NK Solin in their 2-0 win over HNK Cibalia Vinkovci on 21 April. Donsanti’s side won again on 24 April, beating NK Dubrava Tim Kabel 1-2 away from home. Donsanti started that game but was substituted after 72 minutes.
Cristian Battocchio made his debut for Tokushima Vortis of the J-League on 21 April, coming on as a late sub in the 0-1 away win against Vissel Kobe. On 24 April, he came on as a half-time sub and was later yellow carded in the 5-1 away defeat to Kashiwa Reysol.
Gabriel Heinze won his first home game as Atlanta United manager, defeating Chicago Fire 3-1 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on 24 April.
Maxi Urrutti started and played for 77 minutes in Houston Dynamo’s 2-1 defeat by Portland Timbers on 24 April.
Nahuel Guzmán became the foreign player with the most victories in the Clásico Regio as his Tigres side defeated rivals Monterrey 2-1 on 24 April.
Santiago Solari’s Club América were surprisingly beaten 3-1 away by Toluca on 25 April meaning the gap is now 5 points between them and leaders Cruz Azul.
Andrés Lillini‘s Pumas played out a second consecutive 0-0 draw, this time against Puebla on 24 April. They face Solari’s América next.
Francisco Fydriszewski scored an own goal for Aucas in their 0-1 defeat to Athletico Paranaense on the opening day of the Copa Sudamericana. Victor Figueroa played the full 90 minutes also for Héctor Bidoglio‘s side.
Lorenzo Faravelli played a full 90 minutes in Independiente del Valle’s 1-1 draw with Defensa y Justicia in the Copa Libertadores on 22 April. Ex-Newell’s man Carlos Rotondi scored the goal for Defensa.
Horacio Orzán played a full 90 minutes in midfield for FBC Melgar in their 2-3 opening day win over Venezuela’s Metropolitanos in the Copa Sudamericana.
Luis Leal came on as a 46th minute sub in Sol de América’s 0-3 defeat by 12 de Octubre on 24 April.