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 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…
Nicolás Navarro || San Lorenzo
Unión eventually scrambled a late equaliser but Nicolás Navarro had done everything possible to try and give San Lorenzo three points in Santa Fe. Eight saves including a fine penalty stop from Rodrigo Gómez deserved more.
Luciano Abecasis || Godoy Cruz
For a second consecutive week Luciano Abecasis makes it into the Team of the week and as Godoy Cruz defeated Newell’s, the importance of the right-back and his left-sided counterpart Fabricio Angileri was clear. Abecasis completed six dribbles down the wing and was excellent defensively with four aerial challenges won (100%), two tackles (100%) and three interceptions.
Tomás Cardona || Godoy Cruz
The quality of Tomás Cardona was clear last season but the 22-year-old impressed again against Newell’s and headed what proved to be the decisive goal. Formidable in the air, Cardona made six clearances and six interceptions as Godoy Cruz took all three points.
Alexander Barboza || Defensa y Justicia
Independiente weren’t at the races on Friday evening but Defensa y Justicia still had to dig in to claim their 1-0 win over Avellaneda. Alexander Barboza created the only goal with a header down and made a life-saving tackle to deny Emmanuel Gigliotti when the score was goalless.
Alfonso Parot || Rosario Central
Central sit top of the table and while Edgardo Bauza takes a lot of credit for organising the defence, there have been some excellent individual performances. Alfonso Parot was superb in the win over San Martín de Tucumán, bombing down the left to create the second goal for Fernando Zampedri. A 97% pass completion and winning possession five times.
Andrés Cubas || Talleres
Long been heralded as a future Argentina number five, Andrés Cubas’ progression may not have followed the trajectory that many predicted but even if Boca couldn’t see it, the 22-year-old remains a top midfield prospect. Cubas scored in the win over Gimnasia and aside from three tackles and three interceptions, the youngster also got forward and made two key passes.
Washington Camacho || Rosario Central
His powerful long range effort set Central on their way to victory over San Martín de Tucumán but that goal aside Washington Camacho put in an impressive shift on Sunday. Winning possession five times in addition to getting forward to support, Camacho’s hard working attitude is perfect for Edgardo Bauza.
Player of the week
Pol Fernández || Racing Club
It took a while to complete the deal but Pol Fernández is already looking like he should form a central part of Eduardo Coudet’s midfield. The 26-year-old curled in a precise opener, struck the crossbar with a superb free-kick but was at the centre of Racing’s good work. Fernández’s passing was superb (93%) but the midfielder also made five tackles.
Matías Suárez || Belgrano
A goal that Dennis Bergkamp would have been proud of Matías Suárez’s unbelievable goal gave Belgrano a vital win over Estudiantes. El Pirata remain in relegation danger and if they are to survive, Suárez’s talents in the final third will be crucial.
Diego Morales || Tigre
Tigre might have surrendered their leads and ended up drawing three times but six goals scored is a huge positive and Diego Morales’ form has been central to that. The 31-year-old scored in the draw with San Martín de San Juan but with two key passes and seven dribbles, Morales was at the heart of everything.
Santiago García || Godoy Cruz
You won’t see a better volleyed goal this season than Santiago García’s opener against Newell’s on Monday. The Uruguayan is proving that last season was no flash in the pan and if Morro keeps on scoring Godoy Cruz could well finish in those top few places once again.
Goal of the week
After stating that round two was without any real standout golazo, this week produced two contenders for goal of the season.
Santiago García – GODOY CRUZ v Newell’s
#TNTSports | ¿Te quedaste con ganas de ver otra vez el gol del Morro García? Acá te lo dejamos en diferentes ángulos porque jugamos distinto 👏👏👏
#GodoyCruz 🆚 #Newells pic.twitter.com/UzveQ4jYv5
— TNT Sports LA (@TNTSportsLA) August 27, 2018
Matías Suárez – BELGRANO v Estudiantes
#TNTSports | ES PEC TA CULAR jugada y definición de Matías Suárez para el segundo gol de Belgrano. ¿Candidato al gol de la fecha?👏👏👏#Belgrano 🆚 #Estudiantes pic.twitter.com/IovFJwE3r7
— TNT Sports LA (@TNTSportsLA) August 24, 2018