Team & Goal of the week: Round Twenty Two

Team of the week returns and with fourteen matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round twenty two, along with our Player of the round and pick of the goals. All stats come courtesy of, 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

Player of the week
Franco Armani  ||  River Plate

Independiente’s Martín Campaña could also have been in contention but Franco Armani gets the nod for his outstanding performance against Racing on Sunday. Two superb saves denied Matias Zaracho and while La Academia enjoyed long spells of dominance over River, Armani ensured it remained goalless so that Los Millonarios could nick it late on. With Jorge Sampaoli watching, the 31-year-old could have played himself into the World Cup squad.

Luciano Abecasis  ||  Godoy Cruz

San Lorenzo goalkeeper Nicolás Navarro takes the blame for spilling Luciano Abecasis’ shot for Godoy Cruz’s fourth but there is nothing to take away from El Tomba’s dominant performance. Abecasis provided great width on the right and contributed to the attack that proved too much for Los Cuervos.

Óscar Cabezas  ||  Rosario Central

Óscar Cabezas has proved an excellent bit of January business for Central and the powerful Colombian scored his first Superliga goal in the win over Belgrano. The 21-year-old was outstanding in the air, making four clearances and eight interceptions as El Canalla held on for all three points.


Tomás Cardona  ||  Godoy Cruz

Tomás Cardona rose to head Godoy Cruz two-up against San Lorenzo after only quarter of an hour but the 22-year-old was excellent throughout to maintain El Tomba’s clean sheet.

Fabricio Angileri  ||  Godoy Cruz

Without having to concentrate a great deal on his defensive duties, Fabricio Angileri enjoyed great success getting down the left and added two assists during Godoy Cruz’s 5-0 win over San Lorenzo.

Sebastián Prediger  ||  Tigre

Not the most fashionable of players, Sebastián Prediger was crucial to Tigre’s victory over Gimnasia on Friday. The 31-year-old won possession six times in the centre of midfield and posted an impressive 92% pass accuracy.

Iván Marcone  ||  Lanús

Lanús remain in a terrible state even if they were unfortunate to draw against Temperley on Saturday and aside from Lautaro Acosta, one of the few players to keep El Granate afloat is Iván Marcone. The club captain is still one of the best number fives in the league and his ball winning and passing were on show in the controversial draw.

Pol Fernández  ||  Godoy Cruz

Godoy Cruz’s fine run of form coinciding with Pol Fernández being at somewhere near his best should come as no real surprise as the former Boca player is a tremendous passer of the ball and a creative spark. Fernández caused San Lorenzo all manner of problems and with a 92% pass accuracy was vital in possession.


Jesús Dátolo  ||  Banfield

Banfield without Dario Cvitanich always look likely to struggle for goals but if Jesús Dátolo could maintain the form shown against Olimpo, that might not be the case. The 33-year-old’s fine low shot opened the scoring, having already hit the post in the opening minutes, and with 95% pass completion, Dátolo bossed possession.

Santiago García  ||  Godoy Cruz

Another two goals for Santiago García, the Uruguayan is now the Superliga’s joint top scorer with eleven for the season. El Morro gives Godoy Cruz a real presence up front and aside from being a predatory finisher gets involved in the build-up play.

Fernando Márquez  ||  Defensa y Justicia

Much will be made about Boca’s defensive mistakes and the fact that it was Defensa y Justicia’s first victory over the Argentinian giants but the individual display of Fernando Márquez shouldn’t be overlooked. Cuqui kept the Boca defence busy all evening and his brace was reward for an excellent performance.

Goal of the week

a) Santiago García – San Lorenzo v GODOY CRUZ

b) Emmanuel Gigliotti – Talleres v INDEPENDIENTE


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