The Superliga is back and so too is the Golazo Team & Goal of the week!
With thirteen matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round 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…
Guido Herrera || Talleres
Guido Herrera may have ended up on the losing side but the Talleres goalkeeper could do little about Cristian Pavón’s early goal and did everything he could to ensure it was the only goal conceded. An excellent save to deny Carlos Tevez from the penalty spot and another timely intervention when Pavón was in behind meant Talleres remained in the game until the death.
Yeimar Gómez Andrade || Unión
An outstanding piece of business for Unión it is no coincidence that El Tatengue’s impressive defensive record and unbeaten home streak has followed since Yeimar Gómez Andrade’s arrival at the club. The Colombian was again vital to the clean sheet against Aldosivi on Saturday with his powerful performance.
Matías Caruzzo || Rosario Central
The pragmatic Edgardo Bauza would have looked at Central’s defence last season and known it was the first thing that needed to fixing so the returning manager’s decision to move swiftly for Matías Caruzzo was an obvious one. The former San Lorenzo defender repaid that immediately with the match winner against Banfield but he also helped shore up what was one of the Superliga’s most porous backlines last term.
Luis Abram || Vélez Sarsfield
Filling in at left-back and in central defence, Luis Abram has proved an excellent signing for Vélez and now the Peruvian is aiming to make one of the spots his own. Abram scored the opening goal against Newell’s but was excellent in his defensive duties alongside Joaquín Laso.
Guillermo Acosta || Atlético Tucumán
It took a deflection but Guillermo Acosta’s goal brought Atlético Tucumán back into the game against Racing and was almost the catalyst for victory. The 29-year-old has proved to be a real late bloomer and this was his 24th goal in 22 matches, a run during which Atlético haven’t lost.
Lucas Menossi || Tigre
Tigre may have surrendered a two-goal lead against San Lorenzo but in the thick of a relegation battle they will need plenty more performances like from this Lucas Menossi. The 26-year-old scored a wonderful goal and laid on another in a terrific all-round midfield display.
Player of the week
Nicolás Domínguez || Vélez Sarsfield
Santiago Cáseres may have left for Villarreal but Nicolás Domínguez, his midfield partner from last season showed no ill-effects and if the 20-year-old maintains this level of performance he too will be heading for Europe. Domínguez’s passing was precise, the youngster crossed for the opening goal and his defensive work was incessant – five tackles and six interceptions snuffed out many a Newell’s attack.
Tomás Belmonte || Lanús
Lanús ultimately surrendered a two-goal lead against Defensa y Justicia but Tomás Belmonte deserves praise for his role in the draw. The 20-year-old has been handed the unenviable task of replacing the likes of Iván Marcone and Román Martínez in central midfield and on Sunday made his presence known with an outstanding goal.
Matías Vargas || Vélez Sarsfield
Strongly rumoured to be named in Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina squad for the friendlies next month, Matías Vargas continued his fine form of last season on the opening weekend to help Vélez beat Newell’s. The 21-year-old is the creative hub of the side, more so now that Mauro Zárate has gone, and Monito rose to the occasion with his quick feet, eye for a pass and responsibility to slot home a penalty.
Franco Soldano || Unión
Having already missed one good chance it looked as though Unión would be held by a resolute Aldosivi side but like all good centre forwards, Franco Soldano kept looking for opportunities and ultimately headed the game’s only goal. The 23-year-old has shown himself to be a promising goal scorer at this level and if he departs as is expected, Unión will suffer.
Cristian Pavón || Boca Juniors
There was no celebration against former club Talleres but Cristian Pavón picked up where he left off last season with a decisive contribution to a Boca Juniors victory. The 22-year-old scored the only goal of the game early to ensure a winning start for the champions.
Gabriel Heinze || Vélez Sarsfield
Knocked out of the Copa Argentina by lower league minnows and bemoaning the loss of both Mauro Zárate and Santiago Cáseres, the start of the new season didn’t look hugely promising for Vélez. However, Gabriel Heinze’s young side once more impressed and were deserved winners against Newell’s Old Boys. Dynamic, attacking and a wonderful environment for young players, 17-year-old Thiago Almada made his debut and could well be the next prospect to shine.
Goal of the week
Lucas Menossi – TIGRE v San Lorenzo
#TNTSports | Golazo de Lucas Menossi que controló de derecha y definió de zurda, sin dejarla picar, para dejarlo como estatua a Navarro. Gana Tigre desde el arranque por 1-0.#Tigre 🆚 #SanLorenzo pic.twitter.com/Y9AWkzW7DR
— TNT Sports LA (@TNTSportsLA) August 11, 2018
Nico Dominguez, Matias Vargas nailed it.