Welcome to our round-up for the Gameweek ending 27 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.
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United lifted the EFL Championship trophy after winning their last game of the season 4-0 at home to Charlton. They finished the season on 93 points, 10 points clear of second-placed West Bromwich Albion.
Lucas Boyé was a late substitute in Reading’s 1-4 home defeat to Swansea on 22 July.
Mauro Icardi lifted the Coupe de France with PSG as football got underway again in France with one eye on the resumption of the Champions League. The Parisiens defeated St Etienne 1-0.
Cristian Ansaldi provided an impressive assist for Simone Zaza in Torino’s 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona on 22 July. He played a full 90 minutes and was yellow carded in another 1-1 draw, this time at SPAL on 26 July.
Nehuén Paz‘s Lecce won 3-1 at home to Brescia on 22 July but couldn’t follow it up with consecutive wins losing 3-2 away at Bologna on 26 July. Paz played in both games but was substituted after 78 minutes against Bologna.
In Serie B, Nicolas Spolli’s Crotone were promoted to Serie A having secured 2nd position in the table after a 1-5 away win at Livorno. Spolli has found game time hard to come by and hasn’t played since February despite being named on the bench frequently.
Ezequiel Ponce played a full 90 minutes in Spartak’s 1-2 away win against Rubin Kazan.
Franco Escobar played for 72 minutes before being removed as his Atlanta United side lost again, this time going down by a single goal (0-1) to the in-form Columbus Crew. Atlanta’s manager Frank de Boer was sacked after the game.
In the same game, Columbus Crew’s Milton Valenzuela provided the assist for a stunning 19-pass move that resulted in a goal by Youness Mokhtar.
Maxi Urruti came off after 69 minutes in Montreal Impact’s 1-0 at DC United on 22 July but Thierry Henry’s side lost against Orlando City on 26 July. Urruti came on as a late substitute in that game, only playing for 3 minutes of normal time.