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 two, 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…
Player of the week
César Rigamonti || Belgrano
There is no question that River Plate aren’t quite clicking offensively at present but on Sunday evening at the Monumental, Marcelo Gallardo’s side had plenty of shots only to find César Rigamonti in the way. The 31-year-old back at his boyhood club produced seven top saves to keep River out and earn his side a valuable point.
Luciano Abecasis || Godoy Cruz
One of the unsung heroes of Godoy Cruz’s historic second-placed finish last season Luciano Abecasis continues to prove himself as one of the Superliga’s top full-backs. The 28-year-old made three tackles and an impressive eight interceptions as El Tomba kept a clean sheet away to Argentinos Juniors.
Leonardo Sigali || Racing Club
Injury to Alejandro Donatti has been a blow for Racing but with Lucas Orban stepping into his place, the reliable presence of Leonardo Sigali has been important. In Sunday’s win over Vélez, Sigali made ten clearances, four tackles and six interceptions to ensure a clean sheet and help Racing to victory.
Óscar Cabezas || Rosario Central
Edgardo Bauza’s impact on Central is already clear and alongside the experience Matías Caruzzo, Colombian Óscar Cabezas is impressing. The powerful 21-year-old made six clearances and five interceptions to ensure another clean sheet away to Talleres and send Central top.
Lucas Rodríguez || Tigre
The former Argentina Under-20 international Lucas Rodríguez arrived at Tigre in this window from Liga MX club Veracruz and has already begun to repay the faith that El Lobo have shown in him. The 24-year-old got forward to notch an assist and despite Colón claiming a draw, Rodríguez was impressive defensively with four tackles and eight clearances.
Iván Gómez || Estudiantes
Former defensive midfielder Santiago Ascacibar is now finally part of the Argentina squad and Estudiantes appear to have found another decent replacement in Iván Gómez. The 21-year-old academy product won possession eleven times in the win over Boca and with 71 touches, no other Estudiantes player was more involved.
Diego Zabala || Unión
An increasingly important part of the Unión side, Diego Zabala scored an important equaliser away to newly promoted San Martín de Tucumán on Monday. The Uruguayan’s headed goal may not have been anything special but Zabala works tirelessly for the team and made three key passes in the 1-1 draw.
Claudio Mosca || San Martín de San Juan
Four points from the opening two fixtures is a good start for San Martín in their efforts to avoid relegation and Claudio Mosca was vital to that on Sunday against Patronato. The 27-year-old set up Martín Bravo’s winner but was a constant threat on the ball – completing five dribbles and working hard to defend from the front.
Víctor Figueroa || Newell’s Old Boys
A makeshift Independiente defence were given a tough time in Rosario and Víctor Figueroa particularly pulled the strings in the 2-2 draw. The veteran forward produced a superb pass for Newell’s first equaliser but his three key passes and three successful dribbles were at the heart of La Lepra’s threat.
Matías Pellegrini || Estudiantes
A wonderful solo goal to confirm victory over champions Boca Juniors was terrific reward for 18-year-old Matías Pellegrini. The academy product already has a $20 million release clause and the tricky attacking midfielder will be attracting interest if he maintains this form in Estudiantes’ talented young side.
Emmanuel Gigliotti || Independiente
Injury to Silvio Romero handed Emmanuel Gigliotti an opportunity to remind Ariel Holan to perhaps rethink who should be Independiente’s number nine and El Puma took it with two important goals. A strong presence able to link play for El Rojo, Gigliotti at times isn’t clinical enough but had two first half chances and finished both.
Goal of the week
A lack of many golazos in the Superliga this week sees Matías Pisano’s late winner against Huracán take the prize. However, Cristian Chávez for his late dribble through the defence to create the goal is the real winner.
Matías Pisano – ALDOSIVI v Huracán
Por el brillante unipersonal de Cristian Chávez, este gol de Pisano, de Aldosivi y ante Huracán, se lleva el premio al mejor del capítulo 2 de la Superliga del Fútbol Argentino. #GolDeLaFecha pic.twitter.com/GYzNY4opmg
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