Argentina Ligue 1, week 3 review: Angel Di Maria scores Copa America style goal for PSG


Angel Di Maria scored a goal very similar to the one he managed for Argentina vs. Brazil in the Copa America final which gave Argentina the trophy.

Di Maria loves chip goals. After scoring one in 2008 at the Olympics final which gave Argentina the gold medal vs. Nigeria, the Argentine did it again last month in the Copa America final when Argentina lifted the trophy.

He scored another lob goal, this time for PSG, his first of the season. Starting the match on the bench, he was brought on as a substitute with a little under 10 minutes remaining. But that was all he needed as he scored PSG’s fourth goal of the match.

Mauro Icardi started for PSG but was substitute off due to a shoulder injury. He has since been ruled out for 3-4 weeks. Lionel Messi and Leandro Paredes were no part of the squad.

Three of the four PSG players have been called-up to the Argentina national team as Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes will be part of the squad for the September matches.

Facundo Medina started and played the entire 90 minutes for Lens in their 2-0 win vs. Monaco. Medina, who missed the first match of the season, a 1-1 draw vs. Rennes, was in the squad and played last week in the 2-2 draw vs. St-Etienne. This was their first win of the season.

With Dario Benedetto joining La Liga club Elche from Marseille, coach Jorge Sampaoli is left with only one Argentine in the team. Ironically enough, that Argentine was not part of the squad for Marseille vs. OGC Nice as Leonardo Balerdi received a red card in their last match.

However, goalkeeper Walter Benitez was part of the starting eleven for OGC Nice in their match vs. Marseille. A match which was ultimately called-off with about 15 minutes remaining, OGC Nice fans began throwing objects at the Marseille players. An act which led to fans storming the pitch with Sampaoli getting involved.

The league have since awarded Nice the win but Marseille will reportedly contest the result.

RC Lens: Facundo Medina
Marseille: Leonardo Balerdi
OGC Nice: Walter Benitez
PSG: Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes, Mauro Icardi

Ligue 1 reviews of the season:
Argentina Ligue 1, week 1 review: Mauro Icardi the only goal scorer
Argentina Ligue 1, week 2 review: Mauro Icardi scores, Leonardo Balerdi red card


  1. What???

    Spurs Web – Tottenham Hotspur Football News

    Tottenham Hotspur will not have to release Cristian Romero or Giovani Lo Celso for international duty with Argentina next month.

    Sky Sports have confirmed that Premier League clubs have unanimously decided not to release players who would be arriving in a red-list country for international duty.

    Romero and Lo Celso had been called up by Argentina for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against

    Argentina is currently on the United Kingdom’s red-list meaning the two players, if they fly out, would have to self isolate for 10 days upon their return from South America.

    Argentina face Venezuela, Brazil, and Bolivia on September 3, 5, and 10 would have seen them miss the Premier League fixtures against Crystal Palace and Chelsea due to quarantine.

    The Daily Mail claimed that Tottenham, alongside other top flight clubs were furious over the prospect of being without key players.

    A statement read: “Premier League clubs have today reluctantly but unanimously decided not to release players for international matches played in red-list countries next month.

    “The clubs’ decision, which is strongly supported by the Premier League, will apply to nearly 60 players from 19 Premier League clubs who are due to travel to 26 red-list countries in the September international window.

    “This follows FIFA’s current position not to extend its temporary release exception for players required to quarantine on their return from international duty.”
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    • Argentina have 4 players in EPL. 3 of them are key players. Brazil have 8 players in EPL, most of them are key players. This can’t be right. Hope they work something out.

  2. Montiel to Sevilla is a good move hope he transform himself into a better player just like Acuna did with his move to Sevila. La liga is very good league for player development.

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