With Round Two of the Superliga in the bag, Golazo’s Team of the week returns. With fourteen matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round two, 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…
Adrián Gabbarini || Olimpo
Adrián Gabbarini came back to haunt his former club Independiente with a string of saves in Bahía Blanca to ensure El Rojo left only with a point. Among his six saves, the 31-year-old denied Maxi Meza from close range to keep out what looked like a certain winner.
Carlos Rodríguez || Tigre
Among the 20-plus signings that Tigre brought in during the window, few looked better than Uruguayan Carlos Rodríguez. A strong, no nonsense defender, the 27-year-old made 14 clearances and headed Tigre ahead in the 1-1 draw with Chacarita Juniors.
Mauricio Martínez || Rosario Central
Perhaps more familiar as a defensive midfielder, Mauricio Martínez has been doing a pretty decent impersonation of a centre back for Central and was excellent in the goalless draw with San Lorenzo. The 24-year-old made four tackles and seven interceptions to keep the visitors out.
Player of the week
Javier Pinola || River Plate
It was for good reason that River Plate were so keen to sign Javier Pinola and against Banfield on Sunday, the experienced defender was simply outstanding. Aside from his flawless defence work, the 34-year-old headed River level and laid on the second for Gonzalo Martínez.
Matias Fritzler || Colón
Colón’s back four deserve credit for the clean sheet which provided the foundation for Friday’s win over Arsenal but defensive midfielder Matías Fritzler was also instrumental. Five tackles and three interceptions, the recent signing was also the leading passer on the pitch.
Ignacio Pussetto || Huracán
Given their current situation Huracán needed a spark and they got that from Ignacio Pussetto in their narrow victory over Newell’s on Monday. Aside from the 21-year-old’s brave, match winning header with an impressive seven completed dribbles, the former Atlético de Rafaela forward gave El Globo a necessary attacking impetus.
Gonzalo Martínez || River Plate
The calls for Pity Martínez to get a chance for Argentina continue to grow and after a superb 12 months for River, the 24-year-old has started the Superliga in similar fashion. Martínez’s goal against Banfield was made to look so simple thanks to his magical left foot but he was a constant creative threat.
Matías Zaracho || Racing Club
Racing were in need of a performance and they got that with a 4-1 win over Temperley. While the new signings caught the eye, 19-year-old academy product Matías Zaracho really impressed. A well taken goal, incisive passing and outstanding dribbling, the Argentina under-20 international proved he is more than ready for the big time.
Leandro Fernández || Independiente
The knee injury that kept Leandro Fernández out for the best part of a year came as a real blow to Independiente but now back fit, the 26-year-old is again demonstrating what a talented forward he is. His goal against Olimpo was more about staying alert than anything else but Fernández was a constant threat.
Maxi Romero || Vélez Sarsfield
A second consecutive week in the team of the round for Maxi Romero and another two goals. Such a physical presence for an 18-year-old, Romero already has four for the season and after being continously linked with moves to Europe since before he was sixteen, expect plenty more rumours in the coming weeks.
Tomás Chancalay || Colón
18-year-old Tomás Chancalay was thrown into the action against Arsenal on Friday and never looked out of place. The youngster struck the winning goal with aplomb but also made a match-high four key passes.
Goal of the week