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Mexicans Abroad Minute: Layun’s big week with Sevilla, movement in Portugal

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The El Tri left back scored against Real Madrid, while things aren’t going as well for his compatriot across town

It was a big week for Miguel Layun.

The Mexico left back came into the Gran Derbi for Sevilla at halftime, helping the club to a 2-2 draw with rival Real Betis just days after he scored against Real Madrid. Very few Mexicans have scored against Los Blancos, with Layun joining a small group that includes names like Hugo Sanchez and Carlos Vela.

Real Betis midfielder Andres Guardado also took part in the rivalry matchup with Sevilla, as both teams prepare to take part in the Europa League next year. He was substituted at halftime and criticized in the aftermath of the match, but Betis manager Quique Setien defended him by calling him one of the best players he’s ever coached. Guardado needs to undergo a procedure on a nerve in his leg and will be in a race for fitness ahead of this summer’s World Cup.

In Portugal, rumors are swirling about Raul Jimenez, Hector Herrera and Diego Reyes heading for the exits, but one Mexican is pleased to be in Portugal’s first division. A scoreless draw against Estoril kept Antonio “Pollo” Briseno‘s Feirense team in the first division with 31 points while Estoril went down with 30. Briseno had to bite his nails in the stands, serving a suspension for yellow-card accumulation.

The only fitness worries about Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez are about whether he’ll be rusty after playing so little down the stretch for West Ham United. He made the matchday roster this weekend but watched on from the bench as his teammates topped Everton, 3-1.

Click above to check out this week’s one-minute video recap of how Mexican players performed outside North America. 

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