Welcome to our round-up for the Gameweek ending 5th 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.
Tata Martino‘s Mexico defeated Costa Rica 0-1 in a friendly held in Austria on 30 March.
Marcelo Bielsa‘s Leeds United secured a second consecutive win by beating local rivals Sheffield United 2-1 in the Yorkshire derby. Leeds stay in 11th in the Premier League but are level on points on 10th placed Arsenal.
Lionel Messi played a full 90 minutes in Barcelona’s 1-0 win over Valladolid on 5 April. It was the first time in 16 games that he didn’t score a goal or provide an assist for the team. Before the match, his achievement of becoming the record appearance holder at Barcelona was celebrated.
Mauricio Pochettino‘s PSG suffered defeat in a top-of-the-table clash on 3 April. The Parisiens lost 0-1 at home to Lille.
Mauro Icardi missed the Lille match due to injury.
Cristian Ansaldi played a full 90 minutes, picking up a yellow card in Torino’s 2-2 derby draw with Juventus on 3 April.
Fernando Forestieri was a 70th minute substitute in Udinese’s 3-2 defeat away to Atalanta on 3 April.
Enzo Barrenechea started and played the full 90 minutes for Juventus U23s in a 2-0 defeat to Alessandria in Serie C on 3 April.
Lisandro Martínez‘s was given an assist for Sebastian Haller’s winner in Ajax’s 1-2 win over Heerenveen on 4 April. In truth, it was Martínez’s shot that took a slight deflection before going in off Haller after a lengthy VAR check for offside. He played the full 90 minutes for the Amsterdam side.
Daniel Mancini played for 58 minutes before being substituted in Aris’ 2-0 win over Asteras Tripolis on 4 April.
Nahuel Guzmán kept a clean sheet as Tigres won their first game in six with a 0-1 victory of Queretaro on 5 April.
Andrés Lillini‘s Pumas drew 2-2 with Pachuca on 4 April.
Santiago Solari’s Club América won their 6th game in a row, beating Necaxa 2-1 on 4 April. They stay in 2nd with table toppers Cruz Azul also winning at the weekend in the Liga MX.
Héctor Bidoglio‘s Aucas drew 3-3 with Delfín on 31 March and then won 3 points on 4 April with a 1-3 away win at 9 de Octubre in the Ecuador LigaPro Serie A.
Victor Figueroa was involved in all goals in the 3-3 draw with Delfín, scoring once from the spot and providing two assists. He was the chief provider in the win at 9 de Octubre too, laying on another two assists in a stunning week for “El Negro”.
Francisco Fydriszewski was on the end of Victor Figueroa’s playmaking in both games for Aucas. He scored the opener after being set up by Figueroa in the 3-3 draw with Delfín and also grabbed a second-half goal, again assisted by El Negro, in the 1-3 win against 9 de Octubre.
Aucas now face Guayaquil City in the second leg of the Copa Sudamericana Preliminary Round with a slender 2-1 lead. If Bidoglio steers them through, they could potentially meet Newell’s in the group stages in what would be a huge reunion for Bidoglio, Figueroa and Fydriszewski.
Lorenzo Faravelli came on as a second half substitute and scored in Independiente del Valle’s 0-2 win over Técnico Universitario on 1 April. On 4 April, he started and played the full match in a 2-2 draw with champions Barcelona SC.
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