Mexicans Abroad: Hector Herrera grabs an assist + Weekend Roundup

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By Shaun

Hector Herrera started as Porto reigned supreme over rivals Sporting Lisbon and more frustration for Raul Jimenez. Here’s you round up of how the Mexican internationals played in Europe over the weekend.

Giovani Dos Santos, Jonathan Dos Santos, and Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez all played in a close fought battle as Real Madrid drew 1-1 against Villarreal on Sunday night at the Santiago Bernabeu. Gio started and played 62 minutes, while Jonathan entered the field in the 68th minute. Chicharito played the last 10 minutes, but failed to make an impact as Madrid dropped vital points in the title race. Jonathan, despite lack of minutes, put in a decent performance, and Villarreal picked up and important point away from home.

FC Porto cruised to a 3-0 victory over Sporting Lisbon on Sunday with Hector Herrera playing the full 90 minutes. Herrera provided the assist for Christian Tello to complete his hat-trick with a perfectly placed through ball. Diego Reyes, on the other hand, wasn’t in the squad.

Jesus ‘Tacatico’ Corona was one of very few positives for FC Twente as they continued their recent poor form, dropping two points at home to NAC Breda, and now sit three points adrift from a European place in the Eredivisie. Corona played a full game and was a threat throughout, but Twente were wasteful in front of goal.

Captain Andres Guardado played 90 minutes in PSV’s 3-1 defeat to second-place Ajax at the Philips Stadion on Sunday. PSV had the chance to go 17 points clear at the top of Eredivisie but failed to take advantage of the occasion.

Miguel Layun played 53 minutes as his Watford side continue to push for promotion to the Premier League after they battled from 2-0 down to defeat Leeds United at Elland Road. High scoring Watford now sit 4th in the table, three points from top of the table Derby County.

Rafa Marquez played 90 minutes in a crucial clash between Cagliari and Hellas Verona as Rafa’s side come away with a 2-1 victory away from home. It was an important victory for Hellas, who now sit eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Back in Spain, Hector Moreno started in Espanyol’s 1-0 victory over rock-bottom Cordoba on Friday night. A clean sheet for Moreno and Espanyol, who climb into 8th place and continue their impressive home form.

Guillermo Ochoa once again watched from the sidelines as Malaga defeated Getafe 3-2 in a entertaining clash at La Rosaleda. Raul Jimenez was also an unused substitute in Atletico Madrid’s goalless draw away at Sevilla on Sunday.

Finally, Carlos Vela spent his birthday on the sidelines as Real Sociedad fell to a 2-0 defeat away to Valencia. Vela is due to return from injury in April.

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About Shaun Driscoll

Based in England, when not busy watching Santos Laguna win titles in the early hours of the morning, he is busy complaining about Everton.