Team of the week returns and with fourteen matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round fourteen, 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…
Federico Crivelli || Tigre
Tigre needed to dig in to leave San Juan with a point and as the home side began to increase the pressure after half time, Federico Crivelli was equal to everything thrown at him. The 36-year-old goalkeeper made six saves to preserve the goalless draw and avoid defeat.
Hernán Petryk || Chacarita Juniors
It isn’t often that Chacarita Juniors have a player in the team of the week but Hernán Petryk is included after a match-winning display against Vélez from full-back. The Uruguayan was involved in some superb build-up play before setting up the opening goal for Mauro Matos and burst forward to add a second late on. The 23-year-old only just arrived on loan from Peñarol over the summer and already looks to be a significant upgrade.
Javier Gandolfi || Talleres
Javier Gandolfi might be the ripe old age of 37 but it didn’t stop the veteran defender putting in an excellent performance against Temperley. Talleres’ youngsters often take the plaudits but Gandolfi won 12 aerial challenges and made 14 clearances as the home side threw crosses into the box in an attempt to break down La T.
Fernando Tobio || Rosario Central
Unión didn’t produce the form that they have done this season in Rosario but it still required an excellent display from Fernando Tobio to keep them out. Aside from battling with the dangerous Franco Soldano and making four clearances, the 28-year-old headed the only goal of the game to earn Central all three points.
Lucas Diarte || Estudiantes
With an assist, two key passes and three dribbles it is easy just to focus on Lucas Diarte’s attacking attributes but the full-back was equally impressive in his defensive duties. Mariano Andújar shoulders the blame for the two goals conceded as Diarte made a game-high seven tackles, and another three interceptions as Estudiantes won back possession and broke with devastating effect.
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Pablo Guiñazú || Talleres
Another of Talleres’ senior citizens makes the team of the week and despite being 39, Pablo Guiñazú continues to defy the aging process. Frank Kudelka referred to him as a example to young players after the game and it’s easy to see why when the veteran led the stats for passing and won back possession eight times during the hard-fought 1-0 win.
Leonardo Gil || Rosario Central
Perhaps not an instant success in Rosario after arriving from Talleres, Central are now seeing the qualities of Leonardo Gil. The midfielder’s set-piece delivery created another goal but his all-round game was impressive against Unión. Three key passes, six clearances and winning possession six times, Gil was vital to grinding out the win.
Lucas Rodríguez || Estudiantes
Consistency may still be an issue for 20-year-old Lucas Rodríguez but when he performs like he did in the win over Newell’s on Sunday his talent is clear. Six successful dribbles, an assist and two key passes, Rodríguez was at the heart of all Estudiantes’ creativity and if he can maintain such levels, the youngster will be putting himself in the shop window come June.
Player of the week
Lautaro Martínez || Racing Club
With Jorge Sampaoli and a representative of Inter Milan in attendance, Lautaro Martínez gave a clear demonstration of why he is the brightest talent in Argentinian football. A spectacular hat-trick, in addition to winning the penalty from which Racing scored the remaining goal in a 4-0 win, the 20-year-old already looks too strong for the Superliga and European suitors would be well advised to cough up Racing’s asking price as soon as possible to secure El Toro’s signature.
Ignacio Scocco || River Plate
River supporters will be hoping the recent signings lift the side after another faltering performance against Olimpo but it was one of the stars of 2017 who ensured victory on Saturday. Unable to breakdown a stubborn defence, Ignacio Scocco produced an outstanding free-kick to open the scoring but went one better with his second to seal the win. As many as six Olimpo defenders stood between the 32-year-old and the goal when he picked up the ball but a weaving run took Scocco past all of them and around the keeper for a truly remarkable goal.
Juan Otero || Estudiantes
The match winner against Independiente last week and another two on Sunday, Juan Otero has started 2018 in tremendous shape. The Colombian’s pace makes him a constant threat and aside from his goals, Newell’s Old Boys struggled to contain him all afternoon.
Goal of the week
Despite some good goals being scored elsewhere, none come close to Nacho Scocco’s second against Olimpo.
#GolDeLaFecha por afano. Precandidato al Puskás. Y un lugar en la memoria más allá de camisetas. Potrero y lujo. Obra de arte. Muy pocos pueden presumir de semejante colección de méritos, del legado de ser patrimonio histórico de nuestro fútbol como esta maravilla de Nacho Scocco pic.twitter.com/xWEQD7E5iC
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