Team of the week returns and with thirteen matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round eleven, 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…
Sebastián Bértoli || Patronato
Only a late penalty that sneaked past Sebastián Bértoli denied Patronato a clean sheet against Huracán but the 40-year-old goalkeeper deserved just that. Bértoli had already saved one spot kick but with Patronato down to ten men, the veteran was forced into seven saves to keep El Globo out.
Guillermo Acosta || Atlético Tucumán
Recovering from a hefty whack on the head that left the right back bleeding and saw Colón’s Tomás Chancalay sent off, Guillermo Acosta produced an excellent performance in Atlético Tucumán’s victory. Solid defensively with three tackles and two clearances, Acosta got forward to volley the second goal in stoppage time.
Cristian Lema || Belgrano
Belgrano’s decent form is in large part due to El Pirata’s excellent defensive work and Cristian Lema is central to that. The 27-year-old made an impressive 13 clearances during Friday’s 1-1 draw away to Unión and successfully kept Lucas Gamba and Franco Soldano quiet.
Omar Alderete || Gimnasia
River Plate might not be at their best but Gimnasia still needed to dig deep to secure a valuable 2-1 win on Sunday. Omar Alderete’s impressive performance in central defence was a major part as the 20-year-old won every one of his aerial challenges in addition to ten clearances and eight interceptions.
Paulo Díaz || San Lorenzo
Paulo Díaz continues to prove his worth at San Lorenzo and slotting in at left back on Saturday against Tigre, the Chilean volleyed the opening goal but also produced an excellent defensive display. Díaz has a 100% success rate with his tackles and also made two clearances and three interceptions.
Jonathan Blanco || Olimpo
Olimpo don’t usually provide players for the team of the week but Jonathan Blanco is fully deserving of his place after a wonderful performance in midfield against Chacarita Juniors. Assisting both goals, Blanco also won back possession eight times and if Olimpo are going to avoid relegation, these three points will likely be crucial.
Brian Sarmiento || Newell’s Old Boys
Injury cut short Brian Sarmiento’s evening against Racing but during the opening 45 minutes, the 27-year-old caused La Academia all manner of problems. Sarmiento’s cross created the opener and the former Banfield playmaker added the second from the penalty spot. Only the crossbar denied Sarmiento and Newell’s what would likely have been a decisive third.
Brahian Alemán || Gimnasia
The key player in Gimnasia’s attack, Brahian Alemán produced another outstanding performance against River capped off by his stunning long range winner in injury time. Hard working and creative, the Uruguayan won back possession on four occasions and completed a match-high four dribbles.
Player of the week
Edwin Cardona || Boca Juniors
In the absence of Fernando Gago, Pablo Pérez and Darío Benedetto, Boca Juniors were in need of inspiration and they got that from Edwin Cardona. The Colombian was the best player on the pitch in La Bombonera showcasing his full array of tricks and passing to torment Arsenal. The 24-year-old’s excellent cross created the first and when Boca needed a second to wrap up the points, Cardona found the net with his weaker foot.
Nicolás Fernández || Defensa y Justicia
Another week and another place in the team of the week for Nicolás Fernández after already being named our Player of the month for November. The 21-year-old scored another two in the win over Godoy Cruz taking his season tally to seven in just five starts for Defensa y Justicia.
Lisandro López || Racing Club
Racing were barely improved in the draw with Newell’s but can be grateful to Lisandro López that they left Rosario with a point. A fine header salvaged a draw but the veteran forward was outstanding in attack, holding the ball up and bringing others into play. López’s 90% pass success and two key passes illustrate his importance to the attack.
Goal of the week
a) Adrián Balboa – Huracán v PATRONATO
b) Juan Sánchez Sotelo – Argentinos Jrs v TEMPERLEY
La brillante resolución de Sánchez Sotelo desde casi mitad de cancha y la bellísima construcción de Atlético Tucumán con el detalle deluxe que le agregó Pulga Rodríguez comparten el #GolDeLaFecha. pic.twitter.com/DALLyMnVGT
— VarskySports (@VarskySports) December 5, 2017