The Superliga kicked off on Friday and so with the first round over Team of the week returns. With thirteen matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from the opening round, along with our Player of the round and pick of the goals. All stats come courtesy of WhoScored.com, who also provide previews and live in-play match stats for all Superliga matches. Feel free to disagree and leave a comment suggesting who you thought should have made it…
Alan Aguerre || Vélez Sarsfield
Understandably Vélez’s exciting young talent at the other end stole the headlines but 27-year-old Alan Agurre was vital to El Fortín keeping a clean sheet and starting the Superliga with a win. The academy product made six saves in the 3-0 win over Tigre.
Gonzalo Bettini || Banfield
Banfield may have sold a couple of academy products in this window but another home-grown talent impressed in El Taladro’s 2-1 win over Belgrano on Friday. Gonzalo Bettini headed the opening goal in the victory but also stuck to his defensive duties resolutely.
Arián Pucheta || San Martín
A newcomer to the team of the week, Arián Pucheta stood out in San Martín’s victory over Patronato early on Sunday as the 22-year-old snuffed out anything the visitors threw at the Verdinegros. Eleven clearances and 100% of tackles won, Pucheta was excellent.
Franco Sbuttoni || Atlético Tucumán
A swift return from Japanese football, Franco Sbuttoni has already provided Atlético Tucumán with a lift and on Sunday sent a header crashing into the Godoy Cruz net as El Decano chalked up a 2-1 win. Aside from his goal, the 28-year-old made six clearances to ensure there was no way back for the visitors.
Frank Fabra || Boca Juniors
A vital part of Boca’s title winning side last season, Frank Fabra picked up where he left off with a dynamic display down the right against Olimpo. Always an option bombing on the overlap, Fabra was also strong defensively making five interceptions and three tackles.
Pablo Pérez || Boca Juniors
On the cusp of Jorge Sampaoli’s Argentina squad, Pablo Pérez provided a swift reminder of how Boca Juniors’ midfield is so formidable. Bursting onto the edge of the box to score the second in the win over Olimpo, the 32-year-old was always on the ball, made three key passes and played an important role in winning back possession.
Matías Vargas || Vélez Sarsfield
Despite the threat of relegation, Omar de Felippe is having to lean heavily on his academy products but if Friday’s victory over Tigre was anything to go by, Vélez should be fine. Matías Vargas was outstanding and played a vital creative role in all three of his side’s goals. The 20-year-old showed flashes of his talent last term and Vargas could be poised for a huge season.
Player of the week
Martín Benítez || Independiente
With Emiliano Rigoni gone, Independiente needed a performance from Martín Benítez and they got just that as the 23-year-old shone in the victory over Huracán. A hugely frustrating player, when Benítez gets it right he is difficult to stop and El Globo had no answer to his match winning brace. Amid rumours that a European move may still happen in this window, Ariel Holan is begging the board to keep hold of the forward.
Jonathan Menéndez || Talleres
Few could have predicted Talleres sticking five past Lanús and while the visitors were the architects of their own downfall, Jonathan Menéndez was in sensational form. Full of running and trickery, the 23-year-old tormented the visiting defence and got his reward with a wonderful solo goal.
Maxi Romero || Vélez Sarsfield
Hailed as the next big thing for a number of years, Maxi Romero could be about to prove what all the fuss was about after starting the season with two superbly taken goals. The powerful 18-year-old linked play well, occupied the Tigre defence and took his opportunities with the confidence of a seasoned veteran.
Darío Benedetto || Boca Juniors
Top scorer last season it has taken just one match for Darío Benedetto to take his tally for the new season to two. A close range finish in the opening stages and a late penalty were enough to see off Olimpo and the newest face in the Argentina squad looks favourite to be the Superliga’s most prolific number nine.
Goal of the week
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