Team & Goal of the week: Round Twenty three

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

Luis Ardente  ||  San Martín

There aren’t many times when a goalkeeper can have such an obvious impact on a result but Luis Ardente scoring a penalty at one end before saving one at the other during San Martín’s win over Olimpo was a great example.

Camilo Mayada  ||  River Plate

After missing a lot of football in the past year, Camilo Mayada served Marcelo Gallardo a reminder that he may still be the best available option at right-back in the win over Rosario Central. The Uruguayan was a regular outlet down the wing and made four key passes during the course of the game.

Jonathan Schunke  ||  Estudiantes

Lucas Rodríguez was the match winner for Estudiantes but his goal wouldn’t have been worth much without the clean sheet in Paraná and for this Jonathan Schunke was invaluable. Eleven clearances, four interceptions and 100% tackle success, the Estudiantes captain provided the foundation for victory.

Player of the week
Cristian Lema  ||  Belgrano

Belgrano may only be in mid-table, scrapping for a place in the Copa Sudamericana but Cristian Lema has been one of the Superliga’s standout performers. El Pirata have been excellent defensively for much of the campaign and during another clean sheet against Arsenal, Lema was instrumental. With two headed goals at the other end, the 28-year-old really earned the points for Belgrano.

Gonzalo Escobar  ||  Colón

Yet to make the position his own, January signing Gonzalo Escobar staked a decent claim in the win over Chacarita Juniors. The 21-year-old produced the cross that created the opening goal but aside from getting forward to assist the attack was excellent in his defensive duties.

Israel Damonte  ||  Huracán

Still a busy ball winner in central midfield, Israel Damonte has become something of a goal scorer too since making the switch from Estudiantes to Huracán. After managing only seven in about 100 appearances for El Pincha, the veteran notched his third in ten games for Huracán to give them victory over Argentinos Juniors.

Ricardo Centurión  ||  Racing Club

Racing may have ended up on the wrong end of a 3-2 defeat away to Defensa y Justicia but that was through no fault of Ricardo Centurión. Another two goals for the controversial forward, Centurión continues to provide ammunition for those calling for his inclusion in the Argentina squad.

Martín Benítez  ||  Independiente

An increasingly important part of Independiente’s team, Martín Benítez was the match winner against Boca Juniors on Sunday night. Breaking forward at pace on the counter, the 23-year-old finished well past Agustín Rossi but was full of direct running all evening to keep Boca busy.

Víctor Figueroa  ||  Newell’s Old Boys

Three home wins on the bounce for Newell’s and the latest over Talleres was thanks in no small part to Víctor Figueroa. Injury to Brian Sarmiento has provided the 34-year-old with a chance and Figueroa made the most of it with a terrific goal and a dynamic attacking display off the left of midfield.

Santiago García  ||  Godoy Cruz

Another two goals for Santiago García as Godoy Cruz made it five wins in a row. If El Tomba do cause the upset and catch Boca, the Uruguayan will have been a major factor and as the Superliga’s leading scorer do not be surprised to see him on the move at the end of the season.

Fernando Márquez  ||  Defensa y Justicia

Two goals in the win over Boca and another match winning display against Racing, Fernando Márquez is in terrific form of late. The 30-year-old’s delicate finish opened the scoring on Saturday but his persistence was also crucial in creating Defensa y Justicia’s winner.

Goal of the week

Federico González – Unión v TIGRE

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