After a week off due to work commitments, the Golazo Team & Goal of the week is back. Round Six is done and dusted and here is what stood out.
With thirteen matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round six, 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…
Alan Aguerre || Newell’s Old Boys
Newell’s had conceded two goals in every game this season until recent signing Alan Aguerre was given his chance. In the two games that followed La Lepra have kept two clean sheets and against Lanús on Saturday picked up their first win of the season. Aguerre made five stops to keep the visitors out and Newell’s were able to breathe a sigh of relief at ending their winless run.
Cristian Chimino || Huracán
After a third straight win Huracán look set for another positive campaign as any relegation fears have long been forgotten. Saturday’s win over Tigre wasn’t easy but it was Cristian Chimino’s overlap and cross that created the breakthrough goal in the 76th minute. Aside from the 30-year-old’s offensive contribution, Chimino won possession five times.
Javier Pinola || River Plate
Experienced heads are needed in a Superclásico and Javier Pinola provided that at the heart of the River defence. The 35-year-old made seven clearances and won possession five times in ensuring that Boca didn’t find a way through.
Leonel Galeano || Aldosivi
It’s easy to forget the prospect that Leonel Galeano was at one time when breaking through at Independiente. The former Argentina under-20 international never really reached that potential but is proving an excellent addition at Aldosivi. The 27-year-old made 13 clearances as El Tiburón chalked up yet another win to go third.
Eugenio Mena || Racing Club
Racing’s business in the transfer window has given a clear boost to Eduardo Coudet’s starting eleven and while the negotiations took a while, Eugenio Mena has proved an immediate success. The Chilean burst forward to supply the cross for the game’s only goal against Unión but Mena also made four tackles and five interceptions.
Franco Mussis || San Lorenzo
There must be few better ways to mark your return from an injury layoff than an 88th minute long range winner but that’s exactly what Franco Mussis did against Patronato on Friday. The 26-year-old’s powerful drive snatched the points but also capped an impressive all-round midfield display.
Leonardo Gil || Rosario Central
Leonardo Gil’s exquisitely struck free-kick wasn’t enough to give Rosario Central three points away to Gimnasia but didn’t take away from another accomplished midfield performance. One key pass, three successful dribbles and four tackles show just how influential the former Estudiantes man was.
Exequiel Palacios || River Plate
The stock of Exequiel Palacios is rising every week and after his impressive international debut, the 19-year-old put in another excellent display in the pressure-cooker environment of a Superclásico. Driving forward from deep Palacios played a role in both River goals but having won possession four times was equally vital to the midfield battle.
Player of the week
Leonardo Heredia || Colón
It wasn’t the prettiest of hat-tricks but you have to be in the right areas to make a difference and Leonardo Heredia’s three opportunistic strikes gave Colón an impressive 3-1 win over Godoy Cruz. The 22-year-old’s first was a finely hit volley and the other two showed a penalty box awareness that could see Heredia add to his tally as the season progresses.
Gonzalo Martínez || River Plate
Gonzalo Martínez may only have lasted 23 minutes of the Superclásico but it is arguable that had the Argentina international stayed fit, River Plate would have beaten Boca Juniors in even more convincing fashion. Martínez’s stunning volley opened the scoring but the 25-year-old was tormenting the home defence prior to the injury that forced him off.
Cristian Chávez || Aldosivi
Federico Lértora’s sloppy pass was perhaps the key moment in the clash between Aldosivi and Belgrano but it was ruthlessly punished by Cristian Chávez, who is proving a real handful for Superliga defences. Two goals sealed another three points and between Chávez and Matías Pisano, Aldosivi are scoring the goals to pull firmly away from relegation.
Goal of the week
a) Franco Mussis – SAN LORENZO v Patronato
#TNTSports | ¡¡¡PERO QUÉ GOLAZO, FRANCO!! En su regreso al fútbol después de estar un año lesionado, Mussis clavó este zurdazo para que el Ciclón plagado de pibes lo de vuelta en el final. #SanLorenzo 🆚 #Patronato pic.twitter.com/6tAr0hiAoc
— TNT Sports LA (@TNTSportsLA) September 21, 2018
b) Diego Mendoza – Tigre v HURACÁN
#TNTSports | Impresionante bomba de Diego Mendoza desde tres cuartos de cancha para poner el segundo del Globo. Se tuvo fe y la colgó de un ángulo.#Tigre 🆚 #Huracán pic.twitter.com/UNRlbBB6Sb
— TNT Sports LA (@TNTSportsLA) September 23, 2018
c) Gonzalo Martínez – Boca Juniors v RIVER PLATE
Pity Martinez’s goal for River Plate was something else…(📹:@TNTSportsLA) pic.twitter.com/2hBaV1EcCh
— Luis Miguel Echegaray (@lmechegaray) September 23, 2018
d) Ignacio Scocco – Boca Juniors v RIVER PLATE
Por elaboración, definición y contexto, esta joya de Nacho Scocco sacó pasaje directo a la galería premium del superclásico y se lleva el premio al #GolDeLaFecha. Menciones de honor para los golazos de Mendoza y Mussis. pic.twitter.com/swb6Zr1TVE
— VarskySports (@VarskySports) September 25, 2018