Welcome to our weekly highlight of all things ‘Europeos.’
It was another week in the European Leagues and here are the key points you might’ve missed from this weekend from our favorite Aztecs:
Benfica’s Championship Win
Mexican Striker Raul Jimenez took part in Benfica’s 5-0 win against Vitoria De Guimaraes. Raul Jimenez scored the second of the five goals for Benfica in the 16th minute of play. The recent goalscoring comes at a good time for both Benfica and Jimenez. Benfica’s win on Saturday secured them their fourth straight Portuguese title in the Primeira Liga that was helped in part by Jimenez’s game winning goal against Rio Ave last week. Jimenez also reaping the benefits considering it’s just a little over a week before the friendly for El Tri against Croatia in Los Angeles and will most likely earn him a call-up. The recent positive performance will also make him a probable candidate to secure a place in the Confederations Cup.
Benfica 2nd goal. Long pass by Ederson and great finish by Jimenez pic.twitter.com/5WL04Luuqu
— Nii (@DeadlyBernardo) May 13, 2017
Andres Guardado Celebrates 100 Games
During PSV’s match against PEC Zwolle, Andres Guardado was awarded for having played 100 games with the team. The third place squad began their game on the losing end with PEC scoring in the 29th minute. But the pace picked up in the later parts of the second half as PSV went ahead and scored four goals in 10 minutes, including a goal from Hector Moreno in the 78th minute. Guardado and Moreno have both had consistent playing time with the team and have continued to be dominant forces in the Eredivisie league. The confidence the two Mexicans will bring to the national team should be expected.
Hector Herrera Scores
Mexican midfield and captain of Porto, Hector Herrera, contributed to Porto’s 4-1 win against Pacos de Ferreira. Both he and Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona started the match and created the play that led to Herrera’s goal in the 35th minute. Miguel Layun did not play in the match which helps to display the disconnectedness that Porto currently has with its Mexican players. Despite Porto being second in the league and still maintaining its role as one of the stronger teams in the league, “PorTRI” has floundered this season. The goal might be a confidence booster for Hector Herrera but even his performances with El Tri recently have not been strong. Layun will have an important decision to make this summer in terms of clubs and ‘Tecatito’ will need to prove he’s still one of Mexico’s brightest players.
Marco Fabian Starts
Eintracht Frankfurt took on Mainz 05 on Saturday in a regular Bundesliga match. Striker Marco Fabian was given the full 90 minutes of the match. The game unfortunately left Frankfurt with zero points as Mainz 05 dominated and ended the match in a 4-2 victory. Fabian left the game with a yellow card but like the rest of his Mexicans Abroad the recent fire he had with the team should translate to confidence back home. Frankfurt might be the top of the league but Marco Fabian will leave to the national team as one of the top players for team.
Jonathan Dos Santos’ Consistent Season
Villarreal tied against Deportivo de la Corona over the weekend but Jonathan Dos Santos was given the starting position for the team. Although he was subbed out in the 90th minute, his contribution to the team has been consistent throughout the entire season. Villarreal currently stands in fifth in La Liga but their tenacity against the big teams in the league like Barcelona, Real Madrid & Atletico make them worthy opponents, Jonathan included in that description. He has been creating opportunities and making the decisions he needs to make in the midfield that should definitely make him a big contender to go to Russia.
Real Sociedad Draws
Carlos Vela was subbed out in the 67th minute of Real Sociedad’s 2-2 tie against Malaga. The game was full of goals left and right and each team gaining the lead at different times but Carlos Vela lacked presence during the game. His early substitution might have shortened his time on the field but La Liga has been good for Vela. With an almost expected call-up with the national team, Real Sociedad has been beneficial to the Mexican striker.
Consistency is Key with Espanyol
Espanyol caved against Valencia on Sunday. Diego Reyes was given his standard starting position in the defense but was not able to stop Valencia from getting a goal in the 75th minute. Valencia got the three points in the 1-0 victory but like Jonathan, Diego Reyes has had one of most consistent seasons of the Mexicans Abroad. Even during the match against Valencia, he had a chance to shoot at goal. His flaws in the defense continue to be troublesome but the playing time he’s benefitted from against big teams in La Liga will hopefully help him in the summer.
Not Featured: Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Koln); Guillermo Ochoa (Osasuna 2-1 Granada)