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Latin America 2741 8 Mexicans abroad: September 22-23 31332074 Mexicans Abroad Mexicans+Abroad Latin America

It wasn't the best of weekends for Mexicans Abroad. Defeats and draws littered the landscape. Injuries ruled out Mallorca's Giovani dos Santos and sent Rafa Márquez to the sidelines during the first half of his outing for New York. Throw in a couple of substitute appearances by regular starters and this set of games yielded relatively little for everyone involved. There were, however, still a few talking points to discuss and a few players to highlight for their exploits. Read on to find out the five players who made the cut this week.

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Latin America 2741 8 Mexicans abroad: September 22-23 31336741 Giovani dos Santos, M, Mallorca/Andres Guardado, M, Valencia Giovani+dos+Santos%2C+M%2C+Mallorca%2FAndres+Guardado%2C+M%2C+Valencia Latin America

This high-profile clash between two regulars in José Manuel 'Chepo' de la Torre's setup never materialized in Mallorca's 2-0 victory over Valencia on Sunday. Giovani missed out on a place in the Mallorca squad through injury, while Guardado dropped to the bench after starting in the UEFA Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich in midweek. The influential left winger eventually replaced Nelson Haedo Valdez for the final 10 minutes of the defeat.

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Latin America 2741 8 Mexicans abroad: September 22-23 31336737 Carlos Vela, F, Real Sociedad Carlos+Vela%2C+F%2C+Real+Sociedad Latin America

The Mexico outcast followed up his first goal of the season last weekend with another fine performance in Sociedad's 2-1 defeat at Levante on Sunday. Vela curled an effort over the bar in the first half and forced Levante goalkeeper Gustavo Munua into a fine save after 57 minutes. Those efforts went for naught as Jose Barkero and Obafemi Martins scored in the final 20 minutes to condemn Sociedad to defeat.

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Latin America 2741 8 Mexicans abroad: September 22-23 31336740 Rafael Marquez, D, New York Red Bulls Rafael+Marquez%2C+D%2C+New+York+Red+Bulls Latin America

Márquez paid the price for attempting to start a third game in one week in the Red Bulls' 1-1 draw at New England on Saturday. The former Mexico captain injured himself in the early stages at Gillette Stadium and limped off after 35 minutes with tightness in his right hamstring.

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Latin America 2741 8 Mexicans abroad: September 22-23 31336738 Francisco Rodriguez, D, Stuttgart Francisco+Rodriguez%2C+D%2C+Stuttgart Latin America

Rodriguez assumed his usual place in the heart of the Stuttgart defense in a wild 2-2 draw at Werder Bremen on Sunday. The home side collected a two-goal lead before halftime against the run of play, but Martin Harnik and Cacau replied in the second half to rescue a point. Both sides finished with ten men as the late red cards shown to Harnik and Bremen substitute Assani Lukimya-Mulongoti capped a frenetic 90 minutes for Rodriguez.

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Latin America 2741 8 Mexicans abroad: September 22-23 31336739 Hector Moreno, D, Espanyol Hector+Moreno%2C+D%2C+Espanyol Latin America

Espanyol's poor start to the season continued in the 1-0 defeat at Real Betis on Saturday. Paulão scored the only goal of the game after 18 minutes to separate the two teams. Moreno went all 90 minutes in defense for the visitors, but Wakaso Mubarak's second bookable offense condemned Espanyol to a fourth defeat in five games and another week in the relegation zone.

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