‘Chucky’ Lozano, Edson Álvarez and Héctor Herrera, with prominent roles in their recent performances in Europe

The Mexican third gave a great demonstration of quality in their respective midweek duels in European football

Edson Álvarez, Héctor Herrera and Hirving Lozano shone in the football of Europe, because the three Mexicans were key in the commitments of their teams, Ajax, Atlético de Madrid Y Naples.

Álvarez was the first to attract attention with his performance with Ajax from the Netherlands, the Mexican Under 23 team finished among the most outstanding of his team by avoiding the defeat of his club, against Utrecht. The Amsterdam team remains at the top of the Dutch league, with a 12-point advantage, over second place in the championship.

Héctor Herrera, meanwhile, shone in Atlético de Madrid’s midfield, in the game against Huesca, which the colchoneros won 2-0. ‘HH’ got the compliments of Atlético fans, on social networks, in addition to being key in a victory that keeps Diego Simeone’s men at the top of the Spanish league.

Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano also contributed to his team’s victory against Lazio, 5-2. The Mexican attacker played 23 minutes in the victory of Napoli, took advantage of the time on the field to give an assist to Victor Osimhen, at 80 ‘of play, the fifth goal for Genaro Gatusso’s team.

With the victory, Napoli remains close to the Champions League positions in the Italian championship and ‘Chucky’ Lozano took advantage of his participation to add 150 football matches on the Old Continent.

The ‘Tecatito Corona’ played 86 minutes in Porto’s victory over Guimaraes. The three points help the Portuguese Dragons stay in the fight for the lead in the competition.


Man. United and Villarreal hit first; Ajax and Arsenal let go of the result

Here is the best summary of the first leg matches of the Europa League quarterfinals

The scorers Marcus Rashford and Gerard Moreno consolidated the position of favorites to the Europa League Manchester United and Villarreal, winners of their quarter-final first leg matches in Granada (0-2) and Zagreb (0-1), respectively, while Roma beat Ajax (1-2), to which he traced by Pau López.

The other match had no winner. Neither Arsenal nor the Slavia Prague, tied at one in their confrontation in London, destined to resolve which of the two will be in the penultimate step of the tournament in the territory of the Czech champion in a definitive match within a week, when everything will be completed with the second leg matches.

The moment of Gerard Moreno is awesome. On LaLiga and in the Europa League. There is no better proof than the numbers, as indisputable as those of the Spanish international striker are, because he has participated in 20 goals in the last 13 matches of his team between the two competitions: 14 he scored and six he gave.

His was the play of the penalty that originated the 0-1 in Zagreb, a center from the left wing that hit Teophile’s outstretched arm, and his was the transformation of the maximum penalty, with the right, deceiving the opposing goalkeeper, who threw himself to the other side, unable to stop the definition of a major scorer.

The 0-1, achieved on the edge of the intermediate, has a formidable value for the Villarreal, pending to make it as good as it seems on the lap in La Cerámica, just as the most favorite of all should do it, by template, history, appearance and score: the Manchester United, effective and winner by 0-2 in Granada.

The continental course of Marcus Rashford. It is true that United was not enough to stay in the Champions League, but their goals shine in Europe: eight goals in ten duels between the competition in which the course began and in which it is now, which awakens the ambition of a group that searches find success again.

In it is the English team, winning by 0-2 against the Granada, which arose without fear in a tie and with a rival of such dimension, but whose concession in the 30th minute was fatal, no matter how much merit the long ball of Victor Lindelof from its territory and the control and definition of Rashford, who needed three touches to appear in the semifinals, pending Old Trafford.

In the 65th minute he was changed by Edinson Cavani and the Granada he looked for the tie, but received more punishment: the 0-2 in a penalty from Yan Eteki transformed by Bruno Fernandes. Rui Silva was about to stop him. Both teams regret penalty losses for the second round. United lose Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw; the Granada, to Domingos Duarte and Yan Eteki.


In London, Alexandre Lacazette, on the other hand, did not have as much offensive punch. His failure against the rival goal when he had the victory in the second half concentrated the lament of the Arsenal in front of Slavia Prague, first relieved by the appearance of Nicholas Pepe to the rescue with 1-0 in the 87th minute, but later disappointed because the clash ended with Holes’ 1-1 header in the 94th minute.

And Lacazette He had 30 meters to drive, tackle the most complex of football -the definition- and provoke the individual duel with the goalkeeper, resolved with a shot with effect to the squad, perhaps too tight in such a favorable situation, because he crashed him on the crosshead , Pepe was in a hurry in the fight with the defender when he hit the ball before the rival goalkeeper left.

It was 1-0. 87th minute. Not even that was enough for the Arsenal, because Holes, timely, in the second post, in a corner, after a rebound in the heart of the area, he never lost faith in a draw that proposes the Czech champion at least with the same options -or more- than his rival for the return leg in a week on your land.


In Amsterdam, while, in addition to the volley of Ibanez in the final moments that completed the comeback of the Roma With 1-2, the difference was made by two goalkeepers at two key moments, a few minutes apart, when the Italian block was most committed, with 1-0 against and facing the precipice of 2-0.

Ahead on the scoreboard with 1-0 from Davy Klaasen at minute 40, the Ajax went from the occasion of 2-0, with a penalty badly taken by a notable Dusan Tadic in everything else and repelled by Pau Lopez, at 1-1, when his young goalkeeper, Kjell Scherpen, made a resounding error in a foul of Pilgrims.

It was not too disturbing a pitch, with the inside of the right foot, to his stick, to his hands really, on a stretched chest of drawers, but he escaped from them to finish inside the goal and put his team on the ropes in the play off. Nothing could do, already in 87, before the whiplash of Ibanez. The 1-2 for the Roma, which points to the semifinals. The return is at your home.


This will be the return of Mexicans to the European leagues after the FIFA Date

In ESPN Digital we present the immediate commitments that the pupils led by Gerardo Martino will have and the panorama they face in the closing of their leagues

The break for the date FIFA It came to an end and the Mexican players who are active in Europe returned to their clubs to undertake the closure of their local leagues and seek the last places for European positions or, even, be crowned as champions in their competitions.

The ‘Chucky’ is finally back after an injury that stopped him for almost two months. The Mexican became one of the best elements of the Italian team led by Gennaro Gattuso and this weekend (Saturday) they will collide with Crotone. Currently, the pupils of ‘Rino’ are fifth with 53 points and are in the UEFA Europa League position. They are just two units behind Atalanta, which is fourth and holds the last place in the UEFA Champions League.

Jesus Manuel Corona – Porto

The ‘Tecatito’ is in the sights of the hurricane and much has been said about a potential signing to a more important team in the Old Continent, however, he will focus on facing Santa Clara this Saturday and seek to approach Sporting Lisbon at the top of the general table of the Primeira Liga, in addition to that he needs to detach himself from Benfica to continue with the qualification position for the UEFA Champions League. And the following week, on Wednesday, they will meet Chelsea in the first leg quarterfinals of the Champions League.

Héctor Herrera – Atlético de Madrid

The ‘Zorro’ will seek to obtain the confidence of Diego Simeone again to take over the ownership with the mattress box and thus face Sevilla this Sunday. The rojiblancos are leaders with 66 points after 28 games and want to get away from Barcelona and Real Madrid, who are on their heels. Meanwhile, with the top of the table in LaLiga they have a guaranteed place for the UEFA Champions League next season.

Both players in the Heliopolitan team are important pieces in Manuel Pellegrini’s scheme and this weekend they will collide with Elche. Currently, the green-and-white box is sixth in LaLiga with 45 points, the same as Real Sociedad, which are fifth and have direct qualification to the Europa League. Although it looks difficult for them to cut 10 units with Sevilla, which is fourth and goes to the Champions League, those of the ‘Engineer’ will undoubtedly seek to return to Europe as it is.

Néstor Araujo – Celta de Vigo

After last season when the team experienced the decline very closely, this season they are better placed in the general table and out of risk of losing the category. Currently they are tenth first with 34 units and they do not have much possibility of European positions, but their mission was to get out of the bottom of the table and they did. This Sunday they will collide with Alavés.

Edson Alvarez – Ajax

The ‘Machín’ earned the trust of Erik ten Hag and is a pillar of the Dutch midfield. Little by little, the Mexican has commanded the actions in the central circle and defends in a good way. Meanwhile, on Sunday they will meet Heerenveen in the Eredivisie and thus take care of the first place they have in the competition with 66 units and that has them in Champions League positions for the following campaign.

‘Guti’ has not had the desired activity and has suffered many injuries during his time in Europe. In spite of everything, his football is on the rise and every time he adds more minutes. His team is second in the Dutch league with 55 units and would play a qualification to the Champions League if they finish the tournament in that position. Meanwhile, they will play against Heracles on Sunday.

Gerardo Arteaga – Genk

The national team has gradually established itself in the Jupiler League in Belgium. This Monday they will collide with Leuven looking to get closer to Antwerp in second place. In spite of everything, if they finish in that position, they are guaranteed their place in the championship round to define the local champion. In addition, if they go up to second place they can access a qualification to play the play-offs that can give them a place in the continental tournament.


‘It’s hard to stay with one’

Four countries, six clubs and 500 goals. Luis Suárez has been drilling rival goals for 15 years. The Uruguayan international scored his first professional goal on September 10, 2005 in Nacional’s 5-1 win over Paysandú for the Uruguayan championship and, since then, he has not stopped winning matches or scoring goals.

Suárez scored 14 more goals for the club of his loves before making the leap to Europe and never looked back. He broke records in the Dutch Eredivisie, was a star in the Premier League with Liverpool and became Lionel Messi’s best partner during his six seasons at Barcelona. In addition, he has scored more goals than anyone (63) with the Uruguay shirt and, at 34 years old, he is the second highest scorer in La Liga after having scored 19 goals in 25 games with Atlético de Madrid.

The rojiblanco nine scored his 500th professional goal against Alavés to become the fifth active footballer to reach that figure after Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robert Lewandowski.

Suárez has been the top scorer in each of the four leagues in which he has played and along the way he has won, among other titles, a Champions League, a Copa América, an Eredivisie and four Spanish leagues.

The Atlético de Madrid forward wanted to share the joy of his latest achievement by sending 500 balls to grassroots football clubs in each of the seven cities where he has played to inspire children who aspire to one day follow his Steps.

ESPN was also able to spend a few minutes with the Uruguayan to review that past full of successes and discuss his future, with the possible conquest with Atlético of his fifth Spanish league and the hopes of taking Uruguay to the top in the Copa América. to be held in the middle of the year.

Do you remember the first goal?

If I remember. It was against a team from Uruguay: Paysandú. I entered the 81st minute and after 4 or 5 minutes (I scored the goal). I touched a couple of balls and the second one I kicked into the goal, I made a Chilean half, one took it on the line, there was a rebound, he hit the third, I stayed there and I did it. That was the first.

What was the most important?

I think it is difficult to stay with one. Yes you remember all the goals but it is difficult to keep one. The first one is very important in your career, in your country, in the box you are a fan of, in the box you dream of playing in … It is very important that I do the National of Uruguay. The first one you do with the selection of your country is very important too. With the first goal you make in Europe I fulfilled one of my dreams, which is to reach Europe and be able to score a goal. Being Ajax captain and scoring a goal with the Ajax captain tape was incredible. Scoring goals for Liverpool to fight for a Premier … In fact, the first game in which I debuted with Liverpool I scored a goal. It was something dreamed of. Playing a Champions League final and scoring a goal for Barcelona is unforgettable. Playing the Classic of the classics from around the world, a Barcelona-Real Madrid, scoring a goal and winning it with your goal is unforgettable. Playing with Atlético de Madrid and the first game, a few minutes later, converting, is unforgettable. They are very many and it is difficult to stay with one. The final of the Copa América with Uruguay also scoring is something incredible, like in the World Cups.

Do you keep one?

It is difficult, but I would choose two. Obviously, scoring in the final of the Copa América and getting a title with my country, with Uruguay, is the dream of any Uruguayan. Scoring in a Champions League final will always remain in my memories and in the memory of football people.

Which goalkeeper made it more difficult for you?

It is an anecdote, but it is a goalkeeper against whom I played several games and could never score a goal: Kameni.

And defenses. Do you remember any that made you suffer especially?

A defender that cost me and that I have played several times against him was Thiago Silva. I always scored it both when I played for Ajax and when I played for Liverpool. He is a very experienced player. Now there is the possibility of being able to play against him in the Champions League. He is an admirable defender that I have always liked because of the difficulties he generates for you.

Is it better to score with a club or with Uruguay?

It is different. They are different sensations. In the club you have many more possibilities because you have more skills. In the national team it is every so often and you live it much more passionate because there are few possibilities that it gives you, that you generate, but the expectations are many.

Where did we see the best Suarez?

I think I have had many stages in which I have enjoyed, but my time with Ajax, a year in which I think I score 50 goals, was spectacular to keep growing and wanting to get where you want, which is the best in football. And then, the last season I did at Liverpool was unforgettable because apart from the fact that everything worked out for me, I felt very good and people motivated you, and having the possibility of winning a Premier with Liverpool at that time when nobody I wanted to go play in Liverpool, it would have been incredible and we were there. Then it was my dream year: I arrived at Barcelona, ​​I got the treble the first year and the next I was the top scorer. In addition, winning the Golden Boot in the world where everything was Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo … Seeing my name in the middle was something that I will never forget because it was thanks to all the great teammates I had there at Barcelona during that season.

He is the fifth active scorer to exceed 500 goals. What is the next challenge?

The truth is that when we started talking to Puma last year about the 500 goals, which could be a possibility, it was a long way off. And for me it was a long time ago, but everything happens so fast … You are getting things that you don’t realize. And the objective is to enjoy and try to score goals, which is what a striker wants, but at the same time to achieve goals at the group level, which is what we want.


Edson Álvarez debuted as Ajax’s scorer in the Eredivisie

The Mexican took advantage of a rebound inside the area to send the ball to the back of the nets against ADO Den Haag

Edson Alvarez debuted this Sunday as a scorer in the Eredivisie of the Netherlands, when he scored the third goal of the bulky scoreboard that the Ajax Tip the ADO Den Haag this Sunday.

The Mexican player scored for the first time in the Eredivisie, although it had already been present in the scoreboard of Ajax. Total, Edson Alvarez he reached three goals, with the other two he made in the UEFA Champions League.

Today, Edson Alvarez collaborated with a goal and Ajax is getting closer and closer to the league title. The nicknamed ‘Machín’ took advantage of a rebound in the area, after a corner kick and all he did was push the ball to the back of the nets.

With this victory, Ajax they will reach 66 points, leaving 11 behind PSV Eindhoven and AZ Alkmaar (55 points) with one game less, moving closer to the league title.

The first goal of Edson Alvarez with Ajax It occurred in the pre-group phase in the 2019-2020 Champions League, in a match played against APOEL Nicosia from Cyprus. The second time he scored was against French Lille, already in the Group Stage.


Edson Álvarez debuted as Ajax’s scorer in the Eredivisie

The Mexican took advantage of a rebound inside the area to send the ball to the back of the nets against ADO Den Haag

Edson Alvarez debuted this Sunday as a scorer in the Eredivisie of the Netherlands, when he scored the third goal of the bulky scoreboard that the Ajax Tip the ADO Den Haag this Sunday.

The Mexican player scored for the first time in the Eredivisie, although it had already been present in the scoreboard of Ajax. Total, Edson Alvarez he reached three goals, with the other two he made in the UEFA Champions League.

Today, Edson Alvarez collaborated with a goal and Ajax is getting closer and closer to the league title. The nicknamed ‘Machín’ took advantage of a rebound in the area, after a corner kick and all he did was push the ball to the back of the nets.

With this victory, Ajax they will reach 66 points, leaving 11 behind PSV Eindhoven and AZ Alkmaar (55 points) with one game less, moving closer to the league title.

The first goal of Edson Alvarez with Ajax It occurred in the pre-group phase in the 2019-2020 Champions League, in a match played against APOEL Nicosia from Cyprus. The second time he scored was against French Lille, already in the Group Stage.


From United’s doubts to the conviction of Villarreal, Ajax and Tottenham

The best summary of the first leg of the Europa League round of 16

In the 92nd minute, Simon Kjaer frustrated Manchester United, which he drew at Old Trafford (1-1), and rewarded Milan’s ambition in the fight for a place in the Europa League quarterfinals, which were Villarreal, Granada, Arsenal, Ajax, Roma and Tottenham firmly approach.

The six won their commitments, also all with scores of two or more goals difference, such as Villarreal’s 0-2 against Dynamo Kiev, Granada’s 2-0 against Molde, Harry Kane’s 2-0 and Tottenham against Dynamo Zagreb, Ajax 3-0 at Young Boys, Roma 3-0 at Shakthar Donetsk and Arsenal 1-3 at Olympiacos, all on the right track and none with United’s doubts.

Undoubted legends of the continent, the Europa League is now the reality of United and Milan. Not even the number of casualties with which the Italian block arrived at Old Trafford, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Hakan Calhanoglu or Theo Hernández, allowed the victory of the English team, relieved when the VAR saw a hand -not clear- from Franck Kessie when he controlled and volleyed with the goal.

It was the 10th minute. It was not worth it. And the 0-0 remained until 50, until Bruno Fernandes appeared to invent a sensational pass to the back of the defense and to the head of the 18-year-old youth Amad Diallo Traoré, whose head between the central defender and goalkeeper Donnarumma meant the 1-0, but not the victory, because Simon Kjaer emerged with a header to tie in the 91st minute.

San Siro will be definitive, while the English team no longer seems so favorite, far from it, as was assumed; nothing to do with the result of Villarreal in Kiev and the 0-2 that practically sentenced his pass to the quarterfinals: Pau Torres, who later suffered a muscle injury (“minor”, according to the footballer himself), opened the account with the 0-1 and Raúl Albiol closed it with the 0-2.

“The team has played a very serious and dominating game,” said Unai Emery, whose only three victories in the ten most recent appointments correspond to the continental tournament, where it does perform within expectations, in contrast to the ups and downs that it goes through in LaLiga Santander in the last dates.

And that the Europa League does not admit concessions. Neither did Jorge Molina, who took advantage of the mistake made by the Molde defense to open the advantage of Granada, whose first experience in continental competition at the moment does not see a close limit. It does not seem that he is in the second round or in the Molde, which he surpassed in Los Cármenes.

And even less so with the reaffirming 2-0 of Soldado, whose volley confirmed the superiority of Granada when his rival played in inferiority by two yellows to Ellingsen.


Martin Odegaard made his debut as a scorer at Arsenal. The prodigious effect of his far left whiplash, a missile that passed goalkeeper José Sa in the 34th minute and his first goal in ten games with his new team, congratulated effusively by his teammates, stirred the duel with Olympiacos in Greece ( 1-3).

Nothing else was enough for him to win, because he made it difficult for himself. Bernd Leno did it with the pass to Dani Ceballos and the central midfielder did it with the loss of the ball that Youseff El Arabi punished with a 1-1 shot with a single shot, because the goalkeeper was still out of the frame that he must protect. But, in the final stretch, Gabriel came to the rescue of the London team with an impressive jump and header in the 1-2 and Mohamed Elneny signed the decisive 1-3.

The route to the quarterfinals is also followed by Tottenham, with Gareth Bale substitute – he entered in the 56th minute. Harry Kane scored both goals at Dinamo Zagreb (2-0). The 1-0 was his, but an essential part corresponds to the Argentine Erik Lamela, who did almost everything, because his was the fast-paced driving with which he overwhelmed the opposing defense before half an hour. Also the shot with the outside that repelled the post and offered the scorer the gift of 1-0. The 2-0 was much more his, agile inside the area in his decisive maneuver.

Roma also beat Shakthar Donetsk 3-0. Pedro Rodríguez assisted and Lorenzo Pellegrini scored 1-0 in the 22nd minute to launch the Italian team into the complex challenge that lay ahead, but which they far exceeded, with the beautiful driving, dribbling and definition of El Shaarawy in the 2- 0 in 75 and with Mancini’s header of 3-0 that is almost worth the classification.

Ajax has also solved their tie, except for a crash in the second leg. They beat Young Boys 3-0 at the Amsterdam Arena. Davy Klaasen, after the hour of the match, connected the 1-0 with the right to give him an advantage that was enlarged by Dusan Tadic and completed by Brobbey. The 1-0 was in 62, 2-0 in 82 and 3-0 in 92.

Meanwhile, in Prague, Slavia and Rangers equaled one. The Scottish block responded to the goal by Nicolae Stanciu with Filip Helander’s 1-1, in a disconcerting action that only Giannis Hagi understood between his own faith and Kollar’s overconfidence.


The importance of Haller in the Ajax scheme

The Ajax they beat PSV again and did so thanks to a double from their star striker, Sebastien Haller, recently signed from West Ham after the failure of his short career in the Premier League. The French attacker was fed up with scoring goals with Eintracht Frankfurt that reached the final of the Europa League and is now trying to regain that level that led him to be one of the best forwards in the world.

But the importance of Haller in this Ajax de Ámsterdam It is not reduced solely and exclusively to their goals, which in the end is the most relevant. In addition, the Gaul is a very important piece in the schemes of Erik ten Hag. Why?

We analyze it

Sebastien Haller is one of those 9 fixed that cover a lot of area and that require that the two centrals be solely and exclusively aware of their movements and the threat posed by the player when it comes to finishing.

So, we pay attention to the explicit curiosity that a clumsy, unskilled and low-quality player with the ball at his feet is key in a team that stands out precisely for controlling that style of play, but it is true.

Haller ties up his defenses, generates spaces for the rest of the attackers such as Dusan Tadic, Antony, David Neres, Gravenberch when he cheers up … and also scores goals thanks to his scoring nose and determination. A very interesting footballer and a very favorable context for his development that we must continue to see.


Haller left West Ham with more minutes than Chicharito, but with fewer goals

Sébastien Haller left West Ham without meeting expectations and with worse numbers than Chicharito despite having more minutes

Forward Sébastien Haller is an old acquaintance of Mexican fans, being the one who replaced Javier Hernández at West Ham in 2019. After a year and a half with the Hammers, Haller said goodbye to the Premier League and could not exceed the numbers of ‘Chicharito’.

In the summer of 2019, the international attacker with the Ivory Coast National Team was chosen by the West Ham board to take the place of Hernández, who was living his last days at the club and before the closing of that transfer window was transferred to Seville.

In two years with the England squad, Chicharito, who was signed in 2017, scored 16 Premier League goals in 2,984 minutes. In his first season, Hernández scored eight goals and in his second season, he scored seven but provided three assists. It should be noted that before going to Seville, Javier scored a goal in the 2019/20 campaign.

For his part, Haller played 3,196 minutes in the Premier League and scored only 10 goals. The native of France did not live up to the expectations of West Ham fans so the board decided to transfer him to Ajax, a club in which he will coincide with the Mexican Edson Álvarez.

What Chicharito and Sébastien share is that both players suffered a considerable decline in their value during their time at West Ham. The Mexican arrived in London from Bayer Leverkusen valued at 18 million euros, according to Transfermarkt, and when he went to Seville he had a value of 12 million euros.

Haller, 26, arrived at the Hammers with a value of 40 million euros and is currently priced at 30 million.

Javier Hernández is preparing for the 2021 MLS season and through social networks he has shared with his followers the physical work he is doing to arrive in optimal conditions at the beginning of the preseason.


Sébastien Haller one step away from Ajax

Sebastien haller will leave the West Ham United this winter transfer market, according to a spectacular new report from French media L’Equipe.

They report that the Ajax de Ámsterdam has made an offer for the Ivorian forward and a deal could be closed in the coming days for him to return to the Eredivisie.

The two clubs are said to be already in advanced negotiations over a deal that would cost Ajax Amsterdam 25 million euros (22.6 million pounds) this month.

There will reportedly be a meeting between the two clubs in the next few hours to finalize the deal, leaving the Irons facing a substantial loss in the 45 million pounds that they separated to bring him from Eintracht Frankfurt in 2019. A signing that, despite arriving with renown, has not performed at the level expected by everyone in the Premier League.

The Ivorian wants to have continuity again

Sébastien Haller has made a total of 53 appearances for West Ham United and scored 14 goals, including 10 in the Premier League. Numbers that are not so negative, taking into account how David Moyes’ team plays and the little continuity it has had this season.

It remains to be seen how the club will react to his possible departure, with Michail Antonio being the only other senior forward in David Moyes’s first team squad, who prefers to bet on the Englishman because he has more conditions to exploit playing in his own field and attack. in transitions.

Ajax want to continue adding talent and feel that they have a market opportunity with the Ivorian forward who, with the performance he showed before arriving in England, can be decisive in any team in Europe, whether as a starter or as a substitute.