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:
UEFA Champions League
Tecatito and his Dragons Devour Juventus
Jesús “Tecatito” Corona and his Dragons faced off against Italian powerhouse Juventus on Wednesday. Porto was looking to secure their first victory against La Juve in European competitions. Tecatito got the usual start for the Blue and White as they took advantage of a disoriented Juventus defense for the early 1-0 lead thanks to a goal from Mehdi Teremi in the second minute of play. Cristiano Ronaldo and his squad could not regain their composure after the relentless Porto attack. Corona held his own and managed to put plenty of pressure on the Zebra defense during the entire competition. Porto doubled their score in the 46th minute adding desperation and anxiety for the Italian club. La Juve was able to counter in the 82nd minute by Federico Chiesa but it was a little too late as the Dragons defeated their long-time slayers. Tecatito continued to rack up minutes and was subbed out in the 91st minute of play.
NEXT MATCH: Sat., Feb. 27th against Sporting (Primeira Liga)
Guardado Hit 250 Starts in La Liga
Andrés Guardado accomplished two major milestones with Real Betis and La Liga this month. First, he played his 100th match with the Green and White last week against Villareal and his 250th match played in La Liga against Getafe on Friday. El Principito has bounced back nicely since contracting COVID-19 earlier this year. The Big Green is fighting to obtain a Europa League slot, only five points behind Real Sociedad. Guardado got the start this week and was subbed out in the 79th minute. Guardado had a few direct shots at goal and participated in several key plays that kept his team in the game. Betis eventually broke free and scored in the 84th minute for the 1-0 victory. Countrymen Diego Lainez returned for the Lobos but remained on the bench after being sidelined due to the coronavirus.
— TUDNRadio (@TudnRadio) February 19, 2021
NEXT MATCH: Sun., Feb. 28th against Cádiz (La Liga)
Valencia 2-0 Celta Vigo (Araujo played the full 90 minutes)
Belgian Pro League
Arteaga and Govea with Assists
Both Mexican Internationals added to their stats last week by delivering assists in their respective matches. Gerardo Arteaga got the start for Genk and delivered an assist for teammate Patrik Hrošovský in the 92nd minute of play. Unfortunately for Arteaga and Genk, this was not enough to defeat Beerschot, who took the 2-1 victory and the three points.
¡Asistencia y titular! 🥰
(Bélgica, 1ra) Gerardo Arteaga fue titular y dio asistencia en la derrota de Genk 1-2 Beerschot. pic.twitter.com/ic56FmKev9
— Embajadores Aztecas (@eaztecasmx) February 22, 2021
On the other hand, Omar Govea and his Zulte Waregem squad were victorious against their foes Standard de Liège 3-2. The young Azteca was subbed out in the 90th minute and delivered an assist to teammate Zulte Waregem in the 59th minute. This is Govea’s second consecutive assist to teammate Zulte (55′ against STVV) in just over a week.
NEXT MATCH: Genk- Fri., Feb. 26th against Charleroi (Belgian Pro League) and Zulte Waregem – Sat., Feb. 27th against Kortrijk (Belgian Pro League)
Porto 2-1 Maritimo (Tecatito subbed out in the 94th minute)
Oostende 3-1 Genk (Arteaga not on 18 man roster)
Ajax 2-1 Lille (Álvarez played the full 90 minutes)
Ajax 4-2 Sparta (Álvarez subbed out in the 75th minute)
Olympiacos 4-2 (Gutiérrez subbed in the 85th minute)
PSV 3-1 Vitesse (Subbed out in the 46th minute)