The main talking point was of course Nelson Haedo’s superb header to complete an amazing turnaround for Valencia against Athletic Bilbao. Tijuana’s Pablo Aguilar also followed up from his Paraguay heroics to net his fifth goal for the club since joining in July, not bad returns for a central defender. Read on for a full round-up of the weekend’s action.
Valencia were 2-1 down after an hour when Nelson Haedo entered the field, his diverted shot led to the equaliser, eventually turned in by Alberto Costa before winning the game with an incredible header.
Roque Santa Cruz (Malaga) also played the final thirty minutes, in a 2-1 win over Valladolid.
It was the Portuguese Cup this weekend, Benfica actually played on Thursday night and Oscar Cardozo scored the second in a 4-0 rout. Javier Cohene (Paços de Ferreira) is also into the next round as his side overcame Estoril 2-1 on Sunday.
Roma came from behind to win away to Genoa, Ivan Piris was in the starting line up and set up the first and second goals of the comeback. Marcelo Estigarribia (Sampdoria) played all 90 minutes in a 2-1 defeat to Parma. Another starter was midfielder Edgar Barreto (Palermo) in a goalless draw against Torino.
REST OF EUROPE
Celso Ortiz (AZ) got his first competitive minutes in over six months as he completed his return from injury. Eric Ramos (Neftçi) enjoyed a 4-1 win as his side prepare for their Europa League tie against Rubin Kazan. APOEL, Krylya, Kayserispor and Legia Warsaw all play today.
Pablo Aguilar (Tijuana) scored another header as Xolos drew 2-2 with Cruz Azul.
That result allowed Toluca to move top with a 4-1 victory, no thanks to Edgar Benítez however who was shown the red card after 30 minutes. It was a bad day at the office for Dario Verón (Pumas) subbed off in 5-0 thrashing, Herminio Miranda (Puebla) was also on the losing side, 2-0 away to Jaguares. The bright note was Osvaldito Martinez and his Atlante team that won 3-1 against Chivas.
In the clásico, Pablo Escobar scored his 100th goal in Bolivian football and his 10th in clásicos to earn The Strongest a win over their arch rivals Bolívar, 3-2 in the Hernando Siles. Delio Ojeda was also on the winning side.
Claudio Morel (Independiente) has now gone four games without a booking, interestingly coincides with his team’s four game winning run. Not such good news for defender Ricardo Mazacotte as Unión Santa Fe slipped to their third straight loss and are still without a win this season. A third straight cleansheet for Newell’s and defender Marcos Cáceres keeps them top of the table, Justo Villar (Estudiantes) also kept a cleansheet in goal in the Bombonera. Victor Ayala’s driven freekick was turned in by Paolo Goltz as Lanús continue their good form and became the first side to beat Rafaela at home since March.
REST OF LATIN AMERICA
In Uruguay Aureliano Torres (Peñarol) came on as a sub as the Carbonero destroyed El Tanque Sisley 4-0 to remain in the title chase. In Chile Cristian Bogado’s Deportes Iquique won 2-1 to keep up their fight as they try and catch Pedro Vera’s Rangers who are top by two points. Edgar Balbuena scored the winning goal for Independiente in Ecuador from the penalty spot, only their 2nd victory in 13 games. Fernando Gimenez was also on target for Emelec in a 1-1 draw, the midfielder’s first goal since May.