Team of the week returns and with thirteen matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round fifteen, 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
With six saves to his name in Liniers, Sebastián Bértoli was a key factor behind Patronato’s victory over Vélez. A real leader for El Patrón, the 40-year-old is still a very able goalkeeper.
Guillermo Ortíz || Colón
Keep things tight at the back and try and nick something from a set-piece is quite often the game-plan for Colón. So it was against Newell’s and Guillermo Ortíz was at the heart of it. Alongside Germán Conti at centre-back, El Sabalero importantly kept a clean sheet and then Ortíz powerfully headed in the winner.
Carlos Quintana || Talleres
A third straight win and a third clean sheet for Talleres as Frank Kudelka’s side climbed to second in the table. La T’s success is build upon the second best defence in the league and Carlos Quintana has been central to that. The 30-year-old made four tackles and three clearances but was also excellent with his distribution, registering a 94% pass success.
Yeimar Gómez Andrade || Unión
Colombian Yeimar Gómez Andrade looked a real talent when he broke into the Rosario Central side a few years back but after his career stalled somewhat, the 25-year-old is now proving his worth once again with Unión. Arsenal are hardly the best opposition but gave El Tatengue a number of problems during their goalless draw and were it not for Andrade, it could’ve been worse. Ten clearances and eight interceptions illustrate just how important the powerful central defender was.
Israel Damonte || Huracán
18 career goals show just how infrequently Israel Damonte gets on the scoresheet so the 36-year-old’s brace against Rosario Central is a real collectors’ item. Only a handball on the line denied Damonte a hat-trick and also cost Huracán at least a point but it was a terrific performance from the veteran.
Leonel Miranda || Defensa y Justicia
Defensa y Justicia were made to work hard until the end by Chacarita Juniors but came out on top thanks in part to a terrific performance by Leonel Miranda in central midfield. The 24-year-old volleyed the opening goal after only ten minutes but continued to impress with his passing and willingness to break forward.
Diego Morales || Tigre
Having only just returned to Tigre, Diego Morales has already left a mark as El Matador earned only a second win of the season against Argentinos Juniors. The 31-year-old superb strike wrapped up the points but it was a decent all-round display in midfield with Cachete completing five dribbles and four tackles.
Cristian Guanca || Colón
So often praised for their defensive work as a unit, Colón also have some talented offensive players and Cristian Guanca illustrated that in the win over Newell’s. The 24-year-old’s set-piece delivery is always good and led to the only goal but Guanca also produced five key passes as he assumed the role of main creator.
Alejandro Silva || Lanús
Alejandro Silva was another who came close to leaving Lanús during the window as Independiente had all but agreed a deal before it collapsed. Having lost so many of their established stars, El Granate needed the Uruguayan and he popped up to score the only goal in Sunday’s win over River Plate.
Player of the week
Sebastián Ribas || Patronato
Patronato manager Juan Pumped said after his side’s victory over Vélez that Sebastián Ribas was one of the best centre forward’s in the Superliga along with Darío Benedetto, Lucas Gamba and Ignacio Scocco. Comparing Ribas to Benedetto may be a stretch but the well-travelled Uruguayan has scored eight goals this season and is absolutely vital to El Patrón. His goal and assist on Saturday earned a crucial three points in the relegation battle.
Ignacio Pussetto || Huracán
Despite ending up on the losing side, Ignacio Pussetto once again proved just how important he is to Huracán. The 22-year-old notched his fourth assist of the season and should have remained on penalty duty if Fernando Coniglio’s wild effort was anything to go by. Three key passes, six dribbles and winning possession eight times, illustrate Pussetto’s influence all over the pitch.
Goal of the week
Adrian Balboa – Vélez v PATRONATO
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