Team of the week returns and with fourteen matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round twenty four, 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…
Marcos Díaz || Huracán
Marcos Díaz had plenty to say on the praise coming the way of Franco Armani this week and while the Huracán keeper doesn’t look likely to get a chance for Argentina any time soon, he was once again excellent in a Huracán win. Five saves kept Tigre out when they perhaps deserved something from the game and pushed El Globo into the Libertadores spots.
Leonardo Jara || Boca Juniors
For a while Leonardo Jara was tipped to break into Jorge Sampaoli’s Argentina squad. That doesn’t look likely now but the former Estudiantes full-back has had a terrific campaign on the whole and against Newell’s was back to somewhere near his best. A great assist for Wanchope’s second but also a hardworking defensive display.
Carlos Quintana || Talleres
After two defeats had ended Talleres’ title hopes and left La T fighting for Copa Libertadores qualification, a performance was needed against Gimnasia. The visitors are in dreadful form but Carlos Quintana still needed to produce the goods to ensure a clean sheet in Córdoba.
Cristian Lema || Belgrano
Another week and another place in the Team of the week for Cristian Lema. Belgrano’s defence once more laid the foundation for victory with a clean sheet and Lema was at the heart of that with a tremendous display against Estudiantes. Nine clearances and 100% tackle success, the 28-year-old was a wall that El Pincha couldn’t pass.
Adrián Sporle || Banfield
Banfield wrecked Godoy Cruz’s hopes of toppling Boca Juniors after their draw on Saturday and Adrián Sporle played a key role in that. The young left-back was excellent and won possession eleven times but it was his goal line clearance to deny Santiago García at the death which salvaged the point.
Lucas Robertone || Vélez Sarsfield
Temperley’s red cards certainly helped but Lucas Robertone’s late brace handed Vélez an important three points in Temperley on Saturday. Controlling possession alongside Nicolás Domínguez in central midfield, Robertone burst forward when the space opened up and killed the match.
Gastón Lodico || Lanús
There have been few positives for Lanús since that historic run to the Copa Libertadores final last year but youngster Gastón Lodico provided some reason for cheer with an excellent performance against San Martín. The 19-year-old scored El Granate’s well deserved equaliser and with a 92% pass completion was the engine that powered Lanús.
Exequiel Palacios || River Plate
Competition for places is fierce at River Plate but Exequiel Palacios rarely disappoints or looks out of place when he is given a chance by Marcelo Gallardo. A wonderfully taken goal opened the scoring in Sarandí on Sunday and the 19-year-old looks every inch the talent that Los Millonarios’ consider him to be.
Matías Vargas || Vélez Sarsfield
With good reason Fiorentina and Lazio have been linked with Matías Vargas this week as the tricky youngster produced another outstanding performance in Vélez’s win over Temperley. Another goal and two assists, El Monito is showing the type of form that makes it impossible that a 20-year-old of this standard remains in Argentina for too long.
Player of the week
Cristian Pavón || Boca Juniors
As Boca’s team performances have dipped in recent weeks, individual displays have pulled them through and as he has done on a number of occasions already, Cristian Pavón played the role of match winner on Sunday. Full of running, directness and intent the World Cup hopeful created the opener and added a wonderful third in the win over Newell’s to push his claim for a place in Sampaoli’s squad.
Javier Correa || Colón
Two poacher’s finishes in the first half paved the way for Colón’s win over Patronato on Monday evening. El Sabalero’s defence has been excellent for a while but often the attack lets them down but Correa provided the ruthlessness that was needed to see off Patronato.
Goal of the week
a) Brian Mansilla – Central v RACING
#SuperligaQuilmesClásica #SAF ¡Vos elegís el #GolDeLaFecha 24! Impresionantes corrida y definición de Brian Mansilla para @RacingClub: retuiteá el video y dale ❤ si creés que fue la mejor conversión de la jornada. pic.twitter.com/U4Z1TndnGj
— Superliga Argentina (@argsaf) April 24, 2018
b) Cristian Pavón – BOCA v Newell’s
#SuperligaQuilmesClásica #SAF ¡Vos elegís el #GolDeLaFecha 24! La perla del puntero jugó, hizo jugar y definió con esta 💣 Cristian Pavón (@96Kichan) hizo las delicias del hincha de @BocaJrsOficial. Retuiteá el video y dale ❤ si creés que fue la mejor anotación de la jornada. pic.twitter.com/YzhFjndhte
— Superliga Argentina (@argsaf) April 24, 2018