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Both Vela and Dos Santos scored in England, Hugo's mission accomplished in Spain, Nery Castillo continues without playing and Rafa Márquez's fragility.

By César García

Carlos Vela scored his first Premier League goal and will hope to feature in the second leg of the Champions League semifinal against Manchester United. 

Good and bad news from Spain, as Hugo Sánchez’s Almería avoided relegation thanks to an impressive home record.

While Rafael Márquez suffered an abrupt season-ending knee injury midweek against Chelsea and will now have to miss the remainder of Barcelona’s impressive campaign.

Elsewhere, Héctor Moreno is not 100% fit and will most likely not see any action with AZ with two matches left in the Eredivisie.

EUROPE

SPAIN
LIGA BBVA
— Week 34

Coach Hugo Sánchez, UD Almería
5/3: UD Almería 2-0 Racing Santander
Almería guaranteed permanence in Spain’s top-flight with a convincing victory over Racing Santander and they have recorded the fourth best record at home, only behind Real Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, since Hugo Sánchez took over.

Rafael Márquez, Barcelona
4/28: CL — Barcelona 0-0 Chelsea (52 minutes)
5/2: Barcelona 6-2 Real Madrid (No Activity - Injured)

Andrés Guardado, Deportivo La Coruña

5/3: Deportivo 1-0 Valladolid (84 minutes)

Guillermo Franco, Villareal

5/2: Villareal 0-2 Sevilla FC (Not Considered)

SUPERLIGA FEMENIL — Week 29
Maribel Domínguez, Euromat Unió Esportiva L'Estartit
5/3:  L’Estartit 1-2 Lagunak

SEGUNDA DIVISIÓN “B” — Group 1 — Week 37

Juan Seguro, Real Unión Club de Irún
5/3: Real Unión 0-1 Barakaldo CF (90 minutes)

Javier Iturriaga, SD Lemona
(on loan from UD Salamanca)
4/26: SD Lemona 1-2 Celta “B” (57minutes)

ENGLAND
PREMIER LEAGUE
— Week 35

Carlos Vela, Arsenal

4/29: CL — Arsenal 0-1 Manchester United (Not Considered)
5/2: Arsenal 3-0 Portsmouth (90 minutes, 1 goal)
The 20-year-old striker scored his first goal in the Premier League and his sixth goal in the Gunners uniform.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP — Week 46

Giovani Dos Santos, Ipswich Town (on loan from Tottenham Hotspurs)
5/3: Ipswich Town 2-1 Coventry City (63 minutes, 1 goal)
Since joining Ipswich Town in March, Dos Santos has scored four goals in eight appearances.

GERMANY
BUNDESLIGA
— Week 30

Ricardo Osorio, VfB Stuttgart   
5/2: Stuttgart 2-2 Arminia Bielefeld (No Activity - Injured)
An early end of season looms for Ricardo Osorio, who had to undergo surgery to remove gall stones and will be sidelined for a month.

NETHERLANDS
EREDIVISIE
— Week 33

Carlos Salcido, PSV Eindhoven
5/3: PSV 1-1 NEC Nijmegen (90 minutes)

Francisco Rodríguez, PSV Eindhoven
5/3: PSV 1-1 NEC Nijmegen (Substitute, Not Used)

Héctor Moreno, AZ Alkmaar
5/3: AZ 0-3 Twente Enschede (Not Considered)
Moreno continues without playing since he has not completely recovered from his long-term foot injury and AZ coach Louis Van Gaal does not want to rush his recovery.

TURKEY
Süper Lig
— Week 30

Antonio De Nigris, Ankaragucu
5/3: Ankaragucu 1-0 Ankaraspor (Substitute, Not Used)

UKRAINE
PREMIER LEAGUE
— Week 25

Nery Castillo, Shakhtar Donetsk
4/30: UEFA — Shakhtar 1-1 Dynamo Kiev (Not Considered)
5/3: Shakhtar 1-0 Krybvas (Not Considered
This is the fifth consecutive match in which Nery Castillo is not even called to the bench, a situation which may affect the strikers chance of receiving a call-up for upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

HUNGARY
NB II
(Nemzeti Bajnokság II) — Week 24
Juan “Kichi” Pérez, FC Tatabánya
5/1: FC Tatabánya 0-0 Felcsút FC (66 minutes)


AMERICAS

MLS
— Week 8

Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Chicago Fire
5/2: Chicago Fire 1-1 Seattle Sounders FC (90 minutes, 1 assist)

Eduardo Lillingston, Chivas USA
5/2: Chivas USA 1-0 San Jose Earthquakes (74 minutes)

Claudio Suárez, Chivas USA
5/2: Chivas USA 1-0 San Jose Earthquakes (Not Considered)

Mariano Trujillo, Chivas USA
5/2: Chivas USA 1-0 San Jose Earthquakes (90 minutes)

COLOMBIA
COPA MUSTANG 1
— Week 15

Mario García, Boyacá Chicó FC

4/28: Libertadores — Chicó 0-3 Gremio (90 minutes, 1 yellow card)
5/3: Chicó 1-0 Once Caldas (90 minutes)
Eliminated from the Copa Libertadores.

ECUADOR
Primera A de Ecuador

Carlos Morán, Club Deportivo Cuenca

4/30: Libertadores — CD Cuenca 1-1 Guaraní (Substitute, Not Used)
Deportivo Cuenca advanced to the round of sixteen of the Copa Libertadores and will next face Caracas FC of Venezuela.

EL SALVADOR
Torneo Clausura 2009
— Week 16

Arturo Albarrán, CD Águila

5/3: CD Águila 3-0 Juventud Independiente

José Luis Osorio, Club Deportivo Chalatenango
5/3: Chalatenango 1-1 Luis Angel Firpo

Manuel Luna García, Club Deportivo Chalatenango

5/3: Chalatenango 1-1 Luis Angel Firpo

PERU
Primera Profesional de Perú
— Week 10

Rodolfo Espinoza, Universitario de Deportes
4/28: Libertadores — Universitario 0-2 San Lorenzo (90 minutes)
5/2: Universitario 0-0 Melgar FBC (90 minutes)
Eliminated from the Copa Libertadores.

Nathaniel Revetria, Sport Ancash (on loan from River Plate Uruguay)
5/3: Sport Ancash 1-0 Colegio Nacional de Iquitos (Not Considered)

VENEZUELA
Primera División
— Week 15

Rodrigo Prieto, Caracas FC
4/29: Libertadores — Caracas 1-1 Lanús (56 minutes)
5/3: Caracas 1-1 Monagas SC (Not Considered)
Caracas advanced to the round of sixteen of the Copa Libertadores and will next face Deportivo Cuenca of Ecuador.

Gerardo Torres, Caracas FC
4/29: Libertadores — Caracas 1-1 Lanús (Substitute, Not Used)
5/3: Caracas 1-1 Monagas SC (Not Considered)

Junior Madrigal, Carabobo FC
5/3: Carabobo 1-1 Llaneros (90 minutes)

USL — Week 5

Ricardo Sánchez, Minnesota Thunder
5/2: Thunder 2-3 Vancouver Whitecaps (90 minutes, 2 goals)

--César García's "Mexicans Abroad" report appears every Monday on Goal.com. Contact him with any questions or comments at: cesar.garcia@goal.com.

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