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Latin America 2741 8 Mexicans Abroad - Dec 20 - 23 31499495 The watcher The+watcher Latin America

AC Ajaccio has conceded a league-worst 22 times in Ligue 1 this season. The last of those goals – a peculiar tally prominently involving Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and a suspect back pass by Carl Medjani – caused a pitch invasion and concluded the scoring in Thursday's 4-2 home defeat to Stade Rennes. Perhaps now offers a good time for Ajaccio to take a few weeks off for the winter break and regroup ahead of a visit to leaders Paris Saint-Germain on Jan. 13.


The ruckus on Corsica topped another busy weekend for Mexicans Abroad. Mexico national team manager Jose Manuel de la Torre will have tough decisions to make come CONCACAF World Cup qualifying during 2013 and it's never too early to make impessions for national team consideration. Read on to learn more about Carlos Vela's latest goal and a critical victory for Espanyol that could reintroduce him back to the national team landscape:

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Latin America 2741 8 Mexicans Abroad - Dec 20 - 23 31499499 Carlos Vela, F, Real Sociedad Carlos+Vela%2C+F%2C+Real+Sociedad Latin America

Vela opened the scoring after 18 minutes to help Sociedad snatch a 2-1 home victory over Sevilla on Thursday. The tricky winger collected a clever pass from Antoine Griezmann and slotted home inside the near post for his seventh goal of the season. Alberto de la Bella bundled home at the back post after 69 minutes to break the deadlock created by Gary Medel's equalizer and seal the points. Sociedad enters the winter break in seventh place with 25 points from 17 games.

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Latin America 2741 8 Mexicans Abroad - Dec 20 - 23 31499496 Guillermo Ochoa, GK, AC Ajaccio Guillermo+Ochoa%2C+GK%2C+AC+Ajaccio Latin America

The most peculiar moment in Ajaccio's crazy 4-2 home defeat to Stade Rennes on Thursday occurred after 72 minutes. Ajaccio defender Carl Medjani collected the ball inside his penalty area, flicked it up in the air a couple of times and headed it to Ochoa. Referee Ruddy Buquet correctly ruled it a back pass and granted Rennes an indirect free kick from eight yards. Julien Féret lashed home to prompt a section of the crowd to invade the field. Buquet halted the match for 10 minutes to clear the field, but the break did not inspire a revival by relegation-threatened Ajaccio.

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Latin America 2741 8 Mexicans Abroad - Dec 20 - 23 31499497 Hector Moreno, D, Espanyol Hector+Moreno%2C+D%2C+Espanyol Latin America

Espanyol temporarily climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna on Thursday. Simão Sabrosa and Christian Stuani provided the margin of victory as Javier Aguirre's side claimed its first victory since Nov. 4. Moreno once again featured in the heart of defense to ensure Espanyol recorded a second shutout in four matches under Aguirre. Espanyol enters the winter break inside the relegation zone on goal difference with 15 points in 16 matches.

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Latin America 2741 8 Mexicans Abroad - Dec 20 - 23 31499498 Giovani dos Santos, M, Mallorca Giovani+dos+Santos%2C+M%2C+Mallorca Latin America

The Mexico playmaker featured from the start as Mallorca registered its first victory in 15 matches in all competitions on Thursday. Dos Santos picked up a yellow card during his 75 minutes on the field in the 2-1 away victory at Real Betis, but he did not play a part in the goals scored by Víctor Casadesús and Javier Marquez. Mallorca now sits one point outside of the relegation zone ahead of the winter break.

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Latin America 2741 8 Mexicans Abroad - Dec 20 - 23 31499494 Diego Reyes, D, Club America Diego+Reyes%2C+D%2C+Club+America Latin America

The Olympic star finally sealed his oft-rumored move to a major European club. Reyes has agreed to join the Portuguese giants in the summer, according to a statement released on Porto's website last week. The budding center back, 20, will feature for Club América in the 2013 Clausura before hopping across the pond.

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