Team & Goal of the week: Round Twenty one

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

Nicolás Navarro  ||  San Lorenzo

Lanús’ finishing was perhaps the biggest help to San Lorenzo in their important win on Sunday but Nicolás Navarro’s five saves ensured that Los Cuervos kept a clean sheet and held on for three big points.

Carlos Quintana  ||  Talleres

Talleres ultimately came up short in their attempt to topple Boca Juniors but through no fault of central defender Carlos Quintana. The 30-year-old put in a strong performance at the heart of the visiting defence and even headed the equaliser in La Bombonera but it was not to be.

Leonardo Sigali  ||  Racing Club

A second consecutive week for Leonardo Sigali as Racing’s centre-back popped up with yet another goal for La Academia. Sigali’s looping header put Racing ahead away to Belgrano and even the 30-year-old’s impressive defensive work could do nothing about the home side’s equaliser.

Player of the week
Guillermo Acosta  ||  Atlético Tucumán

Although not featuring in his exact position in our line-up, after popping up with two decisive goals to give Atlético Tucumán an impressive victory over Independiente, Guillermo Acosta was the key man in Avellaneda. Bursting forward to assist with the attack, Acosta was also excellent defensively, winning possession four times in an all-round midfield display.

Kevin Mac Allister  ||  Argentinos Juniors

Argentinos Juniors victory over Gimnasia was crafted by the Mac Allister family but after a tremendous display from left-back it is Kevin who makes it into the team of the week. Solid defensively the 20-year-old also headed Los Bichos’ second.

Adrián Arregui  ||  Temperley

Temperley’s draw away to Olimpo will almost certainly still end in relegation but that didn’t prevent Adrián Arregui putting in a shift in central midfield. The 25-year-old won possession seven times, made four clearances and assisted Fernando Brandán’s goal in a powerful, driving performance in midfield.

Gonzalo Martínez  ||  River Plate

River’s upturn in form has coincided with Gonzalo Martínez returning from injury and it is no surprise that Los Millonarios are hoping to tie the midfielder down to a new deal with an improved buy-out clause. Pity scored from the penalty spot away to Defensa y Justicia but as the creative hub of this River side played a key role in a fine away win.

Mauro Zárate  ||  Vélez Sarsfield

Mauro Zárate’s assist and stunning solo goal dragged ten-man Vélez level against Estudiantes. With five completed dribbles, Zárate caused Estudiantes all manner of problems and almost led Vélez to an unlikely three points.

Cristian Pavón  ||  Boca Juniors

Out of sorts in recent weeks, Cristian Pavón chose the perfect evening to rediscover his form and help Boca to a potentially title winning victory over Talleres. The 22-year-old’s pace is always a threat but the mazy run in which Pavón beat three Talleres defenders to set up Walter Bou for Boca’s opener was sensational.

Adrián Balboa  ||  Patronato

In the absence of Superliga leading scorer Sebastián Ribas, Patronato needed someone to step up and they got that from Adrián Balboa. The Uruguayan was a constant threat to Central’s defence and aside from scoring his side’s third, Balboa created the opener for Matías Garrido.

Claudio Spinelli  ||  San Martín

The smart spin and finish that earned San Martín a point away to Unión was Claudio Spinelli’s fifth goal in seven appearances and the 21-year-old has been an impressive performer in 2018.

Goal of the week

a) Marcelo Benítez – BELGRANO v Racing

b) Mauro Zárate – VÉLEZ v Estudiantes

c) Nicolás Blandi – Lanús v SAN LORENZO

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