Herrera helps earn a dramatic victory; Lozano claims his first Eredivisie title
The good times keep rolling for several high-profile Europeos. In recent weeks, there seems to be no lack of goals and noteworthy performances from some of the most prominent El Tri names.
Looking back at the past few days, it was easy for Mexican soccer fans to continue to feel positive after watching Hector Herrera score a dramatic match-winner and Hirving Lozano secure his first Eredivisie title.
There's plenty to cover this week, so without further ado, here's the latest edition of the Heroes and Villains list for the Mexicans in Europe.
We have to start with Hector Herrera. During Sunday's much-anticipated O Classico between Porto and Benfica, Herrera stepped up as the undeniable game-changer. The match remained scoreless until the Porto captain stepped up with a goal in 90th minute that clinched an invaluable 1-0 away win. With the victory in hand, Porto have now leapfrogged Benfica in the Primeira Liga table and moved back into first place with a two-point cushion. Keeping in mind that only four match days are left this season, Porto's race to a league title has now become much easier after Herrera's goal.
Over in the Netherlands, there's no overlooking what Hirving Lozano and PSV have just accomplished. Thanks to a 3-0 win over Ajax, Lozano and his club secured the Eredivisie championship for the 2017-18 season. With 15 goals and eight assists so far in the tournament, the Mexican winger has undoubtedly been a dominant attacking leader in PSV's title run.
Despite the fact his Bundesliga squad didn't win, Marco Fabian is worthy of recognition in this week's "Heroes" section. During Saturday's 4-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen, Fabian emerged as one of the few bright spots for Eintracht Frankfurt. Before his side allowed three goals in the second half, the Mexican international inspired some hope with an impressive equalizer in the 23rd minute.
Another week, another match in which Andres Guardado helps take charge in the midfield for Real Betis. He didn't finish with a goal or assist, but no other player collected more accurate passes than the Mexican during last Friday's 1-0 win over Girona. With the El Tri captain in the XI, Real Betis have looked convincing in their chase for a Europa League spot.
Returning to the rivalry game against Porto, Benfica striker Raul Jimenez proved to be fairly disappointing. After scoring twice last week, the 26-year-old followed up his performance with little impact in this loss. With no goals or assists, and zero shots on target, the Mexican had a night to forget.
In theory, Hector Moreno was supposed to have no issues gaining a starting role with Real Sociedad this year. Despite the fact the central defender has made no real mistakes in the back line, Moreno has been rotated out of his place in the XI (along with a few other fellow starters) in recent weeks. During Saturday's 1-0 win over Las Palmas, the Mexican defender was left on the bench for the second time in his last three league matches.
Cesar Hernandez covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @cesarhfutbol.