Monday, March 12, 2007

Sensational weekend for Argentina in sports

U17 apart, this weekend was all about celebration and great performances from our athletes all over the world.

On Saturday, Lionel MESSI was the star of what is, perhaps, the biggest classic match of the world between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Barcelona was behind in the score three times. Three times MESSI levelled and with his hat-trick and Sevilla dropping all three points against Gimnastic, the Catalan giants are back at the top in La Liga.

Another country, another derby, another Argie delivering! Inter were down 1-0 thanks to a sensational strike by Ronaldo (I like the guy! I´m happy he is doing fine after all the injuries and problems he had). Four Argentines were playing for Inter (Walter SAMUEL, Nicolás BURDISSO, Javier ZANETTI (captain) and Hernán CRESPO) but the league-leaders just couldn´t break their neighbours defense...until...Julio CRUZ entered the game replacing Hernán CRESPO and within seconds of doing so and by hitting the first ball that went his way he levelled the score, only to steal the ball and send a perfect pass for Zlatan IBRAHIMOVIC for the second a few minutes later.

The title now for Inter is pretty much in the bag...barring another Italian style match fixing scandal! haha!

But it continued in other sports as well. Guillermo CAÑAS, coming from the qualy as lucky-loser, defeated Roger FEDERER and, by doing so, he preserved Argentine legend Guillermo VILAS´ record of 41 consecutive matches won.

Apart from those sensational performances there were goals from Diego MILITO for Zaragoza (1-1 against Betis), Luciano GALLETTI (Atlético Madrid 2-0 against Deportivo La Coruña), Sergio ALMIRON (Empoli 2-2 against Livorno), Ezequiel GARAY for Racing Santander (1-1 against Espanyol) and Ariel IBAGAZA for Mallorca (they lost 3-1 against Real Sociedad).

Some stats:

70 goals scored by Argentine players in 26 weeks of La Liga.
An average of 2,69 Argentine goals per week in Spain.
Diego MILITO is the top-scorer with 17 goals.

3 comments:

Allan said...

Messi is so much like Diego. He plays with his left foot mostly, he is same height as Diego and he has broken his leg while playing for FC Barcelona...

Will he move to Napoli when the Italian club move up to the Serie A next year? Napoli will need a superstar to lead their team...

Seba said...

Hi there Allan!

Nice comparison! I loved it! And let me tell you, MESSI looks pretty comfortable playing for Barcelona and I don´t think he´ll think of moving out of there. I don´t think either Barcelona will welcome a transfer as I reckon they´ll be keen on keeping him for many years to come.

Now...reality aside...it would be FANTASTIC to see him playing for Napoli!

Napoli are my favourite team in Italy and I´m so happy because they are up there fighting for the Serie B title with Juventus.

I hope they come back to Serie A next year and it´ll be a dream to see MESSI at the San Paolo wearing DIEGO´s mythical number 10 shirt.

Nice idea Allan, I´m loving it!

Allan said...

Sounds like you are a fan of McDonald's, too...