Team & Goal of the week: Round Sixteen

Team of the week returns and with fourteen matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round sixteen, 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…

Team of the week - Football tactics and formations

Ezequiel Unsain  ||  Defensa y Justicia

It wasn’t long ago when Ezequiel Unsain was being tipped for a bright future but a broken jaw suffered from a collision with Carlos Tevez when playing for Newell’s slightly derailed that. Now at Defensa y Justicia, the 22-year-old made a series of outstanding stops to earn El Halcón a point away to Tigre on Monday.

Fabricio Coloccini  ||  San Lorenzo

Fabricio Coloccini’s career looked almost over after being frozen out at San Lorenzo for eight months but after making an impressive return two weeks ago against Boca, the former Newcastle United captain followed it up in Saturday’s win over Newell’s. A vital nod down created the game’s only goal and eight clearances and six interceptions, the veteran was central Los Cuervos’ clean sheet.

Nicolás Figal  ||  Independiente

There were few take away from Independiente’s goalless draw with Temperley but Nicolás Figal gave a reminder of his talents prior to his doping suspension in 2017. Comfortable bringing the ball out from the back, the 23-year-old also made seven clearances as El Rojo kept out the home side.

Gonzalo Piovi  ||  Racing Club

A splendid debut for Gonzalo Piovi showed just why Racing Club were so keen to bring him to the club before the close of the transfer window. The 23-year-old made four clearances, four interceptions and with a 100% tackle completion was an assured presence at the back for Eduardo Coudet.

Nery Domínguez  ||  Racing Club

Another of Racing’s new boys, Nery Domínguez was outstanding at the base of the midfield and aside from proving an excellent ball winner (won possession eight times) the 27-year-old was an efficient passer. No one completed more passes and Domínguez did so with an impressive 92% pass completion rate.

Player of the round
Andrés Lioi  ||  Rosario Central

What a night for Andrés Lioi. The 20-year-old netted a superb hat-trick in Central’s 5-0 thrashing of Olimpo only a month after making his first team debut.

Maximiliano Lovero  ||  Rosario Central

Another of Central’s youngsters to impress was Maximiliano Lovero, who tormented the Olimpo defence and notched an assist for Lioi with a lovely floated ball over the top. The 18-year-old completed eight dribbles and was constantly looking to probe the visitors backline.

Ricardo Centurión  ||  Racing Club

A second goal in as many matches, Ricardo Centurión is already showing why he could be such a valuable signing for Racing. The 25-year-old was full of pace and trickery as ever, completing six dribbles and making two key passes as Lanús struggled to contain him.

Lucas Rodríguez  ||  Estudiantes

Estudiantes have returned in 2018 in good form and been boosted by the consistent displays of youngster Lucas Rodríguez. The 20-year-old’s talent has been undeniable but chalking up eight successful dribbles during the win over Unión, the Argentina under-20 international was a vital part of the attack.

Sebastián Ribas  ||  Patronato

A second consecutive week in the Team of the week for Sebastián Ribas after another goal and an assist in a Patronato win. With nine goals for the campaign, the Uruguayan is now at the top of the scoring charts alongside Darío Benedetto but more importantly has fired El Patrón away from relegation danger.

Santiago García  ||  Godoy Cruz

His goal may have been offside but the cool finish over Franco Armani was still excellent as Santiago García proved his importance to Godoy Cruz once again on Sunday. The 27-year-old also threaded the ball through for Juan Garro’s goal and while El Tomba couldn’t hold on for all three points against River, García gave a captain’s performance.

Goal of the week

Either of Andrés Lioi’s opening two goals from Central’s win over Olimpo.

And the superb team goal that ended with Javier Correa tapping in for Colón

 

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