Welcome to our round-up for the Gameweek ending 2nd May 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 lost their 6-game unbeaten run when they were beaten 2-0 by Brighton on 1 May in the Premier League.
Lionel Messi scored twice, one of which was his 50th free-kick goal for Barcelona, in the 2-3 away win at Valencia on 2 May to keep the pressure on at the top of La Liga. Earlier in the week, they lost 1-2 to Granada (29 April) with Messi also grabbing Barcelona’s goal in that game.
Lucas Boyé played a full 90 minutes for Elche in their 0-1 defeat to Atlético Madrid on 1 May.
Mauricio Pochettino‘s PSG suffered defeat in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Manchester City, losing 1-2 at home on 28 April. In Ligue 1 at the weekend, they briefly returned to the top of the table after recording a 2-1 win over RC Lens (1 May) but rivals Lille won later that evening, meaning PSG trail them by a point.
Mauro Icardi was left on the bench for PSG’s game against Man City on 28 April but he started and played a full 90 minutes in the league win over RC Lens.
Cristian Ansaldi started and played for 85 minutes in Torino’s 0-2 defeat to Napoli on 26 April in Serie A.
Fernando Forestieri made a 19-minute cameo off the bench in Udinese’s 1-2 home loss to Juventus on 2 May.
Enzo Barrenechea played for 85 minutes in Juventus U19s 1-2 win over Sampdoria on 26 April. He started again and played a full 90 minutes in Juventus U19s 2-2 draw with Roma U19s on 1 May, receiving a yellow card in the game.
Lisandro Martínez celebrated a league victory with Ajax as the Amsterdam giants confirmed the title with a 4-0 win over Emmen on 2 May. Martínez started and completed that game.
Emanuel Dening and Adrian Lucero both started in Paralimni’s 2-1 win over Paphos on 28 April but were substituted in the second half.
Nehuén Paz scored his first goal in Turkey for Kayserispor, heading home in a 6-3 win over Denizlispor on 28 April. It was Paz’s side’s first win for 9 games.
Tobias Donsanti came on as an 68th minute substitute in NK Solin’s 1-2 defeat to HNK Orijent 1919 on 2 May.
Cristian Battocchio started but came off after 65 minutes in Tokushima Vortis’s 2-0 defeat to Sagan Tosu on 1 May in the J-League.
After an unbeaten start in his first four games as Atlanta United manager, Gabriel Heinze lost two games in a week. First, his side were well-beaten 0-3 at home by Philadelphia Union in the CONCACAF Champions League on 28 April. Away from home in the MLS on 2 May, Atlanta fell to a 2-1 defeat to New England Revolution.
Maxi Urrutti started and played for 70 minutes in Houston Dynamo’s 1-1 draw with LAFC on 1 May.
Milton Valenzuela was in excellent form for Columbus Crew last week, scoring in their 2-2 draw with Monterrey of Mexico in the CONCACAF Champions League on 29 April.
Nahuel Guzmán kept a clean sheet in Tigres’ 0-0 draw with Guadalajara Chivas on 2 May.
Santiago Solari’s Club América and Andrés Lillini‘s Pumas went head-to-head on 2 May with Solari’s side coming out on top in a 0-1 away victory. Earlier in the week, Solari’s América played out a 1-1 draw with Portland Timbers of the MLS in the CONCACAF Champions League (29 April).
Héctor Bidoglio’s Aucas were beaten 2-0 by Melgar of Peru in the Copa Sudamericana on 29 April. Victor Figueroa and Francisco Fydriszewski both played the full game. In domestic action on 1 May, they drew 1-1 with Universidad Católica. Fydriszewski started, proving an assist for the Aucas goal, before being withdrawn in the second half while Figueroa was rested but came on as a substitute after 65 minutes.
Lorenzo Faravelli started and played for 84 minutes as Independiente del Valle were thrashed 5-0 by the holders Palmeiras in the Copa Libertadores on 28 April. In the league, he was initially rested on 2 May for the game against Manta FC but came off the bench after 64 minutes in a game that IDV lost 2-1.
Horacio Orzán played a full 90 minutes in midfield for FBC Melgar in their 2-0 win over Aucas in the Copa Sudamericana on 29 April. In the league, he was a sub initially in the 1-1 draw with Deportivo Binacional on 1 May but came off the bench to make an appearance after 67 minutes.
Luis Leal came on as a 65th minute sub in Sol de América’s 2-0 defeat to Guaraní on 2 May. Leal’s side sit second from bottom in the Paraguayan top division, with just 9 points after 14 games.