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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad: March 29-31 31664911 Rough Week Rough+Week World

Normal service resumed for José Manuel de la Torre's players across Europe this weekend. Although the modest setbacks incurred with Mexico increasing the pressure on the squad ahead of a critical set of June qualifiers, the involved players cannot allow those concerns to influence their displays with their clubs. And their showings – by and large – revealed the necessary ability to cope with the situation and turn their attentions to the important matters at hand for the remainder of the European season.

Read on to learn more about how several Mexicans Abroad fared as they returned to the field this weekend:

 

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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad: March 29-31 31664922 Javier Aquino, M, Villarreal Javier+Aquino%2C+M%2C+Villarreal+ World

Aquino started once again as Villarreal continued its promotion push with a 5-1 victory at relegation-threatened Mirandés on Sunday. The home side took a shock lead through Muneta after 32 minutes, but Gerard and Cani reversed the deficit within five minutes to place Villarreal on the path to three points. Jeremy Perbet's second-half double guaranteed victory and pulled the Yellow Submarine within two points of the automatic promotion places.
 

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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad: March 29-31 31664914 Giovani dos Santos, M, Mallorca Giovani+dos+Santos%2C+M%2C+Mallorca World

Mallorca breathed new life into Deportivo La Coruna's chances of beating the drop after allowing the Galicians to claim a 3-2 away victory on Saturday. Dos Santos played a role in the buildup to Víctor Casadesús' opener after 19 minutes, but the visitors responded by scoring three times to seize control of the affair. Emilio Nsue's strike four minutes from time reduced the deficit, but Mallorca ultimately failed to snatch an unlikely point at the death. Dos Santos' side now rests one point ahead of bottom side Deportivo and three points from safety with nine matches left in the campaign.
 

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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad: March 29-31 31664913 Javier Hernandez, F, Manchester United Javier+Hernandez%2C+F%2C+Manchester+United World

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech thwarted Hernández on several occasions to send Chelsea through to the FA Cup semifinals with a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge on Monday. Chicharito entered this match with a prolific goalscoring record against the Blues (seven in 10 outings) and threatened frequently. His efforts – including a deflection off his shoulder that Cech somehow pushed and a shot from distance – somehow resulted in a way through for the holders. Demba Ba's wonderful volley after 41 minutes ultimately provided the margin of victory and dashed United's dreams of securing a double.

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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad: March 29-31 31664912 Hector Moreno, D, Espanyol and Carlos Vela, F, Real Sociedad Hector+Moreno%2C+D%2C+Espanyol+and+Carlos+Vela%2C+F%2C+Real+Sociedad+ World

This alluring meeting between Mexico lynchpin Moreno and the exiled Vela lost a bit or luster when the in-form winger failed to recover from a left thigh complaint in time to feature. Moreno and his teammates took advantage of the situation to pull ahead twice against the Champions League chasers in this 2-2 stalemate, but Sociedad equalized on both occasions to secure a point in Barcelona on Sunday. Vela will hope to return in time for Sociedad's home match against Malaga on Saturday.
 

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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad: March 29-31 31664909 Guillermo Ochoa, GK, AC Ajaccio Guillermo+Ochoa%2C+GK%2C+AC+Ajaccio World

The newly installed Mexico number one ensured another hectic night in Ajaccio's 3-2 home defeat to Toulouse on Saturday. Ochoa made four saves, but he also conceded three times – including the decisive late penalty from Etienne Capoue in the 79th minute – in this frenetic affair. Ajaccio will hope to climb away from the relegation mire when it visits Sochaux on Saturday.

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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad: March 29-31 31664908 Andres Guardado, D/M, Valencia Andres+Guardado%2C+D%2FM%2C+Valencia World

Guardado returned to his makeshift perch at left back ahead of Valencia's 1-1 draw at Atlético Madrid on Sunday. Jonas and Radamel Falcao exchanged goals inside the first six minutes to provide all of the scoring in a draw that dented Atlético's chances of wrestling second place away from Real Madrid. Valencia now sits two points behind Real Sociedad for the fourth and final Champions League place after procuring a rare result at the Vicente Calderon.

 

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