Villarreal defender Musacchio withdraws from Argentina squad

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One of the new faces to Gerardo Martino’s Argentina squad, Mateo Musacchio has been forced to withdraw from the squad for the upcoming friendlies in China and Hong Kong through injury. The 24-year-old played in his sides defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday but Villarreal have confirmed that he is now set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring tear.

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Banfield shock Newell’s and Arsenal ease past Godoy Cruz (VIDEO)

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Newell’s Old Boys’ unbeaten start to the season was ended abruptly in Rosario last night as Banfield claimed an impressive 3-0 victory over their well-below par hosts. Ricardo Noir’s fiercely struck shot from outside the box gave Almeyda’s side the opener before Walter Erviti headed in a second before half time. Maxi Rodriguez missed the chance from the penalty spot to pull one back and Ecuadorian, Juan Cazares added a third to leave River Plate as they only remaining unbeaten side, four points clear at the top. Earlier, Arsenal swept aside Godoy Cruz in a first half blitz. A stupendous Brahian Alemán freekick gave the home side the lead and it was shortly followed by an Emilio Zelaya brace which all but ended the contest in little over half an hour.

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Di Maria discusses return to Rosario with Mascherano and Lavezzi

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Angel Di Maria might have just completed his big money move to Manchester United in the summer but it hasn’t stopped the Argentina star thinking about his future. Argentine sports newspaper, Cancha Llena quotes Di Maria on his desire to return to boyhood club, Rosario Central and the possibility of bringing Javier Mascherano and Ezequiel Lavezzi with him.

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Man Utd and Liverpool set to challenge Milan for Salvio

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Portuguese newspaper, A Bola is reporting that a host of European clubs are chasing Benfica’s Argentine winger, Eduardo Salvio ahead of a January transfer battle for the 24-year-old. AC Milan are said to be in pole position but Manchester United and Liverpool are rumoured to be rivalling the Italian giants.

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Lanús hold River while Boca, Racing and Tigre all win (VIDEO)

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River Plate earned a second draw in a week, albeit from two tough away fixtures, to remain top of the table after a 1-1 draw against a spirited Lanús side, who themselves are now up to third. Lautaro Acosta slotted the home side ahead before a powerful, long range effort by top scorer, Teo Gutierrez levelled the match. River were not at their best but it is a good point against a side who are now 13 unbeaten inside La Fortaleza. With a week before the superclásico, Boca Juniors picked up a morale boosting win in La Bombonera against bottom side, Quilmes. The dangerous, Andréz Chávez dashed down the left and his cutback was converted by Federico Carrizo for the only goal of the game. Racing followed their victory against Boca in midweek with a thumping win over Belgrano in Córdoba. César Peyreyra fired Los Celestes in front early but a brace from the in-form, Gustavo Bou and another from Marcos Acuña gave Racing an impressive 4-1 victory. In the earlier game, Tigre left it late but a last minute golazo from Facundo Sánchez gave them a 2-1 win over Defensa y Justicia.

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Messi – 401 not out – Watch all his goals! (VIDEO)

By the time Lionel Messi retires, his 401st career goal will no doubt be a fairly insignificant moment in what has already been a staggering career. However, for now let us enjoy the genius of the greatest player of a generation and watch all 401 of his career goals….

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Liverpool eye £31.2 million January move for Higuaín

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Liverpool are hoping to take advantage of the unstable situation in Napoli at present by offering Argentina striker, Gonzalo Higuaín a route out of Naples in January. Following a poor start to the Serie A season, manager Rafa Benitez’s position is in doubt and Higuaín is yet to register a goal in the league as Napoli lie eighth in the table, already 7 points off the pace.

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Independiente bounce back and San Lorenzo slip up to Gimnasia (VIDEO)

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Following last weekend’s disappointment against River Plate, Independiente provided the perfect riposte in the Estadio Libertadores de América as they dominated Rosario Central en route to a 2-0 win. Federico Mancuello opened the scoring with a superb left footed strike from outside the box, his seventh of the campaign and Jesús Méndez added a second five minutes from time for his first goal for El Rojo. Later, in Bajo Flores, San Lorenzo‘s suffered a slight relapse after two consecutives wins, as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Gimnasia. Álvaro Fernández’s glancing header put the visitors in charge and with El Ciclón unable to force an equaliser, Pablo Vegetti skipped around Sebastián Torrico in injury time to add a second. Earlier, Atlético Rafaela and Olimpo played out a goalless draw, a result we have seen far less of in this Torneo Transición, and which had either side been more ruthless this would not have been.

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Tevez nets brace in Juventus victory and tops scoring charts (VIDEO)

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Carlos Tevez gave a perfect response to the disappointment of remaining outside of the Argentina squad with a match winning performance to keep Juventus top of Serie A. El Apache scored either side of half time as Juve registered a 3-0 win over Atalanta and in the process leapfrog Roma, who had earlier defeated Hellas Verona. The two leaders meet next Sunday in an early season potential title decider.

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Messi nets 401st goal as Barca thrash Granada (VIDEO)

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Lionel Messi netted the 400th and 401st goals of his incredible career in Barcelona’s 6-0 demolition of Granada at the Nou Camp and closed to within 3 of Telmo Zarra’s all-time La Liga scoring record. The impressive start to life under Luis Enrique continued in thrilling fashion on Saturday afternoon with Neymar netting a hat-trick and Ivan Rakitic adding a sixth.

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