Round Four of the Superliga down, Golazo’s Team of the week returns. With fourteen matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round four, 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…
Alexis Arias continues to enhance his reputation as one of the Superliga’s top goalkeepers and on Saturday the 25-year-old played a central role in Gimnasia’s 1-0 win away to Olimpo. With five saves and four important claims to combat the home side’s aerial approach, Arias earned his side at least a point.
Paulo Díaz || San Lorenzo
Two assists for Paulo Díaz in San Lorenzo’s victory over Estudiantes as Los Cuervos put a bitterly disappointing week behind them. The 23-year-old gets forward well to deliver dangerously into the box but was outstanding defensively – 100% tackle success, nine clearances and seven interceptions.
Germán Conti || Colón
A regular in the team of the week, Germán Conti was once again instrumental to Colón’s success, scoring the opening goal in a 3-1 win over Defensa y Justicia. Always a threat from set-pieces, the lanky defender excelled at the back, making ten clearances and fifteen interceptions to keep the visitors at bay.
Gastón Aguirre || Temperley
Just how important Temperley’s away win over Arsenal is in the relegation battle will only be seen at the end of the season but should El Gasolero stay up, Gastón Aguirre will be vital. The experienced defender was strong in the air and the tackle and made an impressive twelve clearances to keep a clean sheet in Sarandí.
Player of the week
Frank Fabra || Boca Juniors
Vital to Boca’s title triumph last season, Frank Fabra gave another reminder on Saturday evening of why he is probably the best left back in Argentina. The Colombian’s electric bursts down the right not only laid on one goal for Darío Benedetto but resulted in the 26-year-old getting on the scoresheet himself.
Mauricio Sperduti || Banfield
Eager to show last season’s Libertadores qualification was no fluke, Banfield’s group of experienced forwards are really impressing this term. Mauricio Sperduti, much like Nicolás Bertolo on the opposite flank, work tirelessly for the team but also contribute a great deal to the attack. Sperduti breaking to add the fourth in El Taladro’s 4-0 win away to Rosario Central.
Fernando Belluschi || San Lorenzo
Fernando Belluschi has remained one of the few players to come away with any credit even when San Lorenzo’s play badly and the experienced midfielder was again central to their success against Estudiantes. A simple tap in and an early contender for goal of the season and an assist meant Belluschi was involved in everything.
Brahian Alemán || Gimnasia
Uruguayan Brahian Alemán was a fan favourite back in 2014 when he was regularly impressing for Arsenal and after a few years away with Barcelona and Liga de Quito, the 27-year-old is back in Argentina. On Saturday, Alemán showed glimpses of that creative midfielder that tormented defences for Arsenal and capped his display with a stunning olímpico.
Cristian Guanca || Colón
The return of Cristian Guanca to the club after leaving for Emelec in 2016 already looks like an excellent bit of business for Colón. On Sunday, the 24-year-old scored one and made another thanks to his wonderful left boot. With five key passes, Guanca was by the far the most creative player on the pitch and should provide plenty of goals this season.
Darío Benedetto || Boca Juniors
31 goals in 36 appearances for Boca now, the voices calling for Darío Benedetto to start for Argentina grow louder. The 27-year-old will score more difficult goals than his brace against Vélez (albeit the scorpion-kick improvisation for this second was impressive) but with five goals already this season, Benedetto looks increasingly too good for the Superliga.
Darío Cvitanich || Banfield
Many might have questioned what Darío Cvitanich had left when he returned to the club from Miami FC in February but the 33-year-old has been outstanding. One superbly taken goal gave Banfield the lead away to Central and his penalty doubled the advantage. Four for the season already, Cvitanich remaining in the goals is key to Banfield’s success.
Goal of the week
Credit to Darío Cvitanich for his opening goal against Central, Brahian Alemán for his olímpico in Bahía Blanca and Alejandro Silva for his pin-point free kick but goal of the week has to go to Fernando Belluschi for his sensational lob from close to halfway.
Fernando Belluschi – Estudiantes v SAN LORENZO
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