Team of the week returns and with fourteen matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round nineteen, 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…
Martín Campaña || Independiente
Martín Campaña has firmly established himself as one of the top goalkeepers currently playing in South America and Independiente were indebted to their captain on Sunday evening after a series of excellent saves denied Argentinos Juniors. Campaña was beaten late on but were it not for his efforts earlier, El Rojo wouldn’t have taken all three points.
Leonardo Jara || Boca Juniors
How important could Leonardo Jara’s last-second winner be at the end of the season? Boca were heading for a point at home against Tigre until the right-back got forward to slide in the winner and it’s just reward for Jara’s consistently outstanding displays. The 26-year-old was linked with the Argentina squad and while Fabricio Bustos may have edged him out, Jara is still one of the best options in the Superliga.
Yeimar Gómez Andrade || Unión
Powerful centre back Yeimar Gómez Andrade continues to impress at Unión and prompts the question why there has been such a lull in his career since emerging in the Rosario Central team a few years ago. The Colombian was dominant in the air against Temperley and aside from winning every challenge both in the tackle and in the air, the 25-year-old made eleven interceptions.
Alfonso Parot || Rosario Central
More often than not, Alfonso Parot has featured at left-back for Central since his arrival but the Chilean slotted inside against Vélez on Sunday and played a key role in his side’s draw. Aside from his fine header levelling the scores, Parot made 13 clearances and won possession nine times to frustrate the home side.
Lucas Olaza || Talleres
Talleres being the closest rival to Boca at the top is testament to the level of Frank Kudelka’s side and one of the strongest features of that is the outstanding full-back play. Lucas Olaza burst forward to create the vital equaliser against Atlético Tucumán and the Uruguayan creates a great outlet down the left.
Player of the week
Wilmar Barrios || Boca Juniors
La Bombonera has a new favourite and it is easy to see why when Wilmar Barrios is covering every blade of grass and fighting for every second of the 90 minutes. The Colombian battled to win back possession and floated the ball into Wanchope Abila to create the injury time winner but Barrios was terrific throughout, five tackles, eight interceptions and 88% pass accuracy, the 24-year-old is the heart of this Boca side.
Joaquin Torres || Newell’s Old Boys
Omar de Felippe got off to winning start as Newell’s manager against San Martín and if he can get Joaquin Torres performing like this on a more regular basis, La Lepra should be picking up a lot more points. The 21-year-old headed the opening goal inside two minutes but caused the visiting defence problems throughout with his pace and dribbling ability.
Ignacio Pussetto || Huracán
There is a reason why Benfica tried to sign Ignacio Pussetto in January and are rumoured to be back in for the Huracán forward at the end of the season. The 22-year-old laid on the opening goal in Sunday’s clásico and has proved equally adept as both scorer and creator this season. Quick, strong and versatile, Pussetto is set for a move to Europe whether it be with Benfica or not.
Damián Batallini || Argentinos Juniors
The result may have been lacking but Argentinos Juniors gave Independiente a stern test on Sunday night and the pace of Damián Batallini in the visitors’ attack caused all manner of problems. Only the excellence of Martín Campaña denied Batallini before the forward crossed for Lucas Barrios to score but it was an outstanding display all round. Batallini’s hard work illustrated by his nine tackles.
Franco Soldano || Unión
Franco Soldano has struggled in recent weeks with strike partner Lucas Gamba out injured but with the pair back in attack, Unión returned to winning ways and Soldano fired a brace against Temperley. A powerful header and a deft flick put the home side ahead inside quarter of an hour and took Soldano to nine goals for the season.
Javier Correa || Colón
So often sound defensively, Colón are often let down by not scoring enough goals but in Bahia Blanca on Saturday, Javier Correa made certain that this wasn’t a problem. The 25-year-old only arrived at the club in the window but with his brace on Saturday took his tally to four in six.
Goal of the week
a) Junior Arias – TALLERES v Atlético Tucumán
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b) Matias Vargas – VÉLEZ v Central
c) Emmanuel Gigliotti – INDEPENDIENTE v Argentinos Jrs
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d) Epifanio Garcia – Defensa y Justicia v BELGRANO
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