FutMexNation is back to bring you the latest information on your favorite ‘Extranjeros’. It was a jam-packed week for some of the leagues abroad. Here are the key points you might’ve missed from our favorite Aztecas:
Coppa Italia & Serie A
Chucky is on Fire!
Hirving “Chucky” Lozano is no stranger to the stat sheets and headlines starting the 2020/2021 campaign. It’s exciting to see the Mexican winger play valuable minutes this season for Napoli. Lozano and his teammates have found a good rhythm and recipe to stay competitive in La Serie A. This week Lozano added 152 minutes, two goals, and one assist in two competitions. The Gil Azurri defeated FC Empoli in the Round of 16 Coppa Italia match 3-2. Chucky’s contributions consisted of an assist in the 18th minute to teammates Giovanni Di Lorenzo and a cannon shot for goal in the 38th minute.
Hirving Lozano stays hot, scoring again today in Napoli’s 3-2 win over Empoli in the Coppa Italia.
The Mexican international now has scored 9 goals in 22 matches in all competitions. What a season he’s having 🇲🇽pic.twitter.com/WE6ACcELnK
— Concacaf in Europe (@ConcacafE) January 14, 2021
Lozano and Napoli’s week ended with a dominant performance against Serie A’s opponent Florentina with a commanding 6-0 victory. Chucky played a major role in the Azurri victory by adding a world-class goal in the 38th minute of play.
Lorenzo Insigne with an assist for Napoli that Diego Maradona would have been proud of. pic.twitter.com/k1sjY0zUYW
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 17, 2021
NEXT MATCH: Wed., Jan. 20th against Juventus (Supercoppa Italiana Final)
La Liga & Copa Del Rey
Lainez Racking Up Minutes
Diego Lainez has seen action in six consecutive games since late December and is looking to make up for lost time. The young Guerrero got the start this week for Real Betis in two competitions: La Liga & Copa Del Rey. Lainez played a productive 79 minutes for Los Verdiblancos, who defeated Huesca 2-0 in their regular season match. The young prospect was daring and had full control of the ball during his time on the pitch. After a gridlock first half, Los Lobos took control of the match and tallied two goals and three points.
46’ ⏱⚽ ¡Ya está en juego la segunda parte! 🔛
— Real Betis Balompié 🌴💚 (@RealBetis) January 11, 2021
On Sunday, the Big Green took on Sporting Gijón in their Copa Del Rey Round of 32 match. Both Lainez and Andrés Guardado saw action and lead their team to a 2-0 victory. DL20 started for Betis and was subbed out in the 73rd minute while Guardado was subbed in the 46th minute of play. Los Verdiblancos have now gained nine points in three rounds.
— Real Betis Balompié 🌴💚 (@RealBetis) January 17, 2021
NEXT MATCH: Wed., Jan. 20th against Celta Vigo (La Liga)
Atlético Madrid 2-0 Sevilla (Hererra not on 18-man roster)
Taça de Portugal & Primeira Liga
Tecatito is Mr. Reliable
Jesús “Tecatito” Corona continues his 2020/2021 campaign with constant minutes and masterful ball movement. It’s no surprise that Corona is one of the most active Mexican international players in Europe. Tecatito rarely sees the bench and is a valuable asset for Sérgio Conceição. The Dragons had two appointments this week: in the Primeira Liga against Benfica and Taça de Portugal against Nacional. After defeating Nacional in overtime 4-2 in the Round of 16, Porto had enough fuel in the tank to find the equalizer against their heated rival Benfica. Tecatito started and played the entire game for both encounters.
Passe picado para Tecatito que domina e assiste Taremi que remata para o golo
— FC Porto (@FCPorto) January 15, 2021
NEXT MATCH: Tue., Jan. 19th against Sporting (Taça da Liga Semi-final)
Ajax 3-1 Twente (Álvarez saw no action)
Ajax 1-0 Feyenoord (Álvarez subbed in the 73rd minute)
AZ Alkmaar 3-1 PSV (Gutiérrez saw no action)
PSV 5-3 Sparta (Gutiérrez saw no action)
Royal Excel Mouscron 2-0 Genk (Arteaga subbed in the 71st minute)
Zulte Waregem 5-1 Waasland-Beveren (Govea with assist and subbed out in the 88th minute )
Lille 2-1 Reims (Pizzuto saw no action)