La Scaloneta in the Europa and Conference League: high, low and absent points

The Argentine National Team and Lionel Scaloni already have their sights set on the double date of the South American Qualifiers against Uruguay (at the Bombonera) and Brazil (at the Maracaná). However, There are several Scaloneta footballers who are fulfilling commitments in the highest competitions of the Old Continent. On Tuesday and Wednesday it was the Champions League’s turn. AND This Thursday it was the turn of those from the Europe and Conference League. Who played? How did it go?

The 5 Argentines in the Europa League

Germain Pezzella and Guido Rodriguez (Betis): Great victory for Pellegrini’s team against Aris Limassol of Cyprus, which leaves them at the top of Group C. Pezzella was a starter and was very solid: he missed only three passes out of 60, won the two duels he played and left the field at 84′. On his side, Guido entered in the 60th minute and was key to Beticos’ dominance in the second half.

Alexis Mac Allister (Liverpool): Alexis’ game to forget, in Liverpool’s 3-2 win in Toulouse. Like few times this season, Klopp did not put him as a central midfielder, but as an inside player on the left. And despite being closer to 3/4, he was not in danger. Even so, he gave an assist to Diogo Jota, although the Portuguese has 100% of the credit for his goal. He was not good, neither in the pass (he lost 17 balls) nor in the recovery (he won only two of 11 disputes).

Leandro Paredes and Paulo Dybala (Rome): Slavia Praha surprised in the Czech Republic, winning with attitude and verticality, and taking the three points against La Loba. Paredes was in the 11th, with 88% accuracy in his passes, a goal situation created and six balls recovered. He left with 5′ left. For his part, Dybala entered in the 68th minute, but he did not have much influence: the ball passed his feet 18 times, he lost half of them and took just one shot, which went over the crossbar.

Difficult match for Alexis against Toulouse.  (REUTER)Difficult match for Alexis against Toulouse. (REUTER)

The only Argentine in the Conference League

Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa): Villa were far superior to AZ Alkmaar. However, they were only able to win it 2-1 at the end and, for the victory, the role of Dibu was key. The Argentine goalkeeper had two good saves against Vangelis Pavlidis, who had scored the first (one-on-one). With this victory, they rose to the top of Group E of the Conference and already have their place in the next instance.

El Dibu, in the preview of the Aston Villa match.  (REUTER)El Dibu, in the preview of the Aston Villa match. (REUTER)

The 4 Argentines absent in Europe

Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen): Leverkusen won on the hour in Baku and continues with a perfect score in the Europa League. However, Xabi Alonso played against Qarabag without Exequiel Palacios. The midfielder did not even fly to Azerbaijan, citing discomfort in one of his knees. Does he arrive well for the National Team?

Lucas Martínez Quarta, Nicolás González and Lucas Beltrán (Fiorentina): Despite being regular starters, Vicenzo Italiano did not put either the defender or the winger in the 1-0 lead against Čukarički from Serbia. The center forward did not even travel to Belgrade due to having suffered a trauma to his left hemisphere against Juventus.

Palacios, the most notable absence, due to knee discomfort.  (AFP)Palacios, the most notable absence, due to knee discomfort. (AFP)

The post first appeared on

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top