The America product became the second-youngest Mexican ever to score in European competition with his equalizer against Rennes
Diego Lainez didn’t set the new record, but he won’t be too worried about that.
The 18-year-old became the second-youngest Mexican to score in European competition with his Europa League during the week (Watch here) with a critical equalizer for Real Betis in a 3-3 draw with Rennes. His 90th-minute goal means the series is tied as it heads into this week’s second leg in Sevilla.
At 18 years and 250 days old, it puts him just behind Giovani dos Santos, who scored for Barcelona against Stuttgart when he was 18 years and 215 days old.
Lainez’s showing as a substitute Thursday earned him the starting nod for Quique Setien on Sunday, playing up top with Jese against Alaves. He saw yellow in the 73rd minute and was substituted out shortly after.
Andres Guardado started and went the full 90 minutes in midfield in both matches.
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Elsewhere in La Liga, things are still going well individually for Nestor Araujo but poorly on the team level for Celta de Vigo. Araujo again started but Celta conceded four goals in a 4-1 loss to Levante. Los Celestes are now only one point out of the relegation zone.
We were denied an El Tri showdown with neither Hector Moreno nor Diego Reyes getting minutes for their respective teams in Sociedad’s 3-0 victory over Leganes.
Typically there has been nothing but good news coming out of Eindhoven for Mexicans, but it was a rough week for Hirving Lozano. The star winger got the hook at halftime in PSV’s 2-2 draw at Heerenveen. Coach Mark van Bommel said Lozano came out because he “didn’t do the things we asked.”
The club remains at the top of the table with a four-point lead on Ajax despite a rare run of two matches without a victory. Erick Gutierrez didn’t feature for the second consecutive week.
Raul Jimenez played nearly all of Wolves’ 1-0 victory over Bristol City to move into the quarterfinals of the FA Cup. Chicharito‘s West Ham side already has been eliminated and won’t return to action until hosting Fulham on Friday.
After playing a more defensive role during the week in Porto’s 2-1 loss to Roma in the Champions League, Hector Herrera was back on the scoreboard. It took just 15 minutes for HH to find the back of the net in a 2-0 win for the Dragons over Vitoria Setubal. Jesus “Tecatito” Corona, suspended for the Champions League clash, played the full match as a winger.
Porto is atop the league, while Antonio “Pollo” Briseno‘s Feirense remains at the very bottom of the table after a 4-0 loss to Nacional. The
There was a debut in Greece for Pedro Arce. The former America midfielder helped Panionios to a 1-1 tie with Aris, his first match since returning to Europe after playing few minutes with Las Aguilas the last two years.