Another week of Superliga action done and so Golazo Team & Goal of the week is back.
With eleven matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round eight, 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…
Alexis Arias || Gimnasia
If there was a decisive moment in Gimnasia’s win over Godoy Cruz on Saturday it was Alexis Arias’ penalty save. The visitors were well on top in La Plata but the goalkeeper saving from Santiago García laid the foundations for a vital 1-0 win.
Damián Martínez || Unión
Questions can be asked of Rosario Central goalkeeper Jeremías Ledesma but it was still a tremendous performance from right-back by Damián Martínez in Unión’s 4-0 win. The former Independiente full-back scored twice from distance but also provided the crosses for the visitors other two goals.
Juan Komar || Talleres
In only his third appearance of the season Juan Cruz Komar delivered another performance to prove why he remains one of the Superliga’s best young centre-backs in Talleres’ clásico win. Outstanding in the air the 22-year-old was also excellent with the ball at his feet and passed out of the back line efficiently.
Emanuel Olivera || Colón
There will be tougher tests than Newell’s Old Boys ahead for Colón but after a difficult start to these season adjusting to the loss of Germán Conti, the central defence performed admirably in Monday’s victory. Emanuel Olivera was strong in the tackle (100% from five) and in the air and made seven clearances during a vital clean sheet.
Adrián Sporle || Banfield
San Lorenzo were far from their best but Banfield still had to work hard for their 2-0 win on Sunday. Adrián Sporle stuck to his task at left-back well and aside from looking to get forward and provide width, the 23-year-old made two tackles (100%) and two clearances.
Mauro Pittón || Unión
Not known for his goals, Mauro Pittón opened the scoring early in Rosario as Unión swept aside Central and it was just reward for an excellent all-round display in central midfield. 90% pass completion and winning possession four times, Pittón helped maintain the visitors control.
Tomás Pochettino || Talleres
Never given a shot at Boca, Tomás Pochettino proved an asset to Defensa y Justicia and is doing the same now with Talleres. With two key passes and five dribbles, the 22-year-old burst forward to join the attack but also won possession four times during an industrious 87-minute performance.
Juan Ramírez || Talleres
A key characteristic of Talleres’ success last season was the driving runs of Juan Ramírez from midfield and the 25-year-old was close to his best against Belgrano. It was Ramírez dart into the box that won the penalty and the midfielder tucked it away to open the scoring but his direct running from deep was a constant problem for their clásico rivals.
Player of the week
Nahuel Bustos || Talleres
If Nahuel Bustos’ displays in the Copa Libertadores under-20 tournament didn’t highlight the youngster’s talent, then his start to the Superliga season certainly has. Bustos scored twice, his first a sensational solo effort, to ensure Talleres celebrated a clásico victory and if the 20-year-old maintains such a level it’s difficult to imagine he will remain in Córdoba for long.
Nazareno Solís || San Martín de San Juan
It is easy to forget how highly regarded Nazareno Solís was earlier in his career but it was enough for Boca Juniors to sign him in 2016. Now on his second loan move from La Bombonera, the 24-year-old served a reminder in San Martín’s win over Vélez. A goal and an assist paved the way for an important three points in the club’s bid for survival.
Lisandro López || Racing Club
Boca Juniors may still be raging that there was more than a hint of offside to both Lisandro López’s goals in Sunday’s 2-2 draw but there can be no doubting the importance of the veteran striker to league leaders Racing. López is the joint-leading scorer and aside from his goals provides a level of leadership and commitment that spreads throughout La Academia.
Goal of the week
a) Santiago Silva – GIMNASIA v Godoy Cruz
#TNTSports | Exquisita definición del uruguayo Silva por encima del arquero del Tomba para darle la ventaja al Lobo en El Bosque. Aplausos para el Tanque por tremendo gol 👏👏👏
#Gimnasia 🆚 #GodoyCruz pic.twitter.com/bvZMRRuemh
— TNT Sports LA (@TNTSportsLA) October 6, 2018
b) Franco Fragapane – Rosario Central v UNIÓN
c) Nahuel Bustos – TALLERES v Belgrano
¡Cuantas veces vamos a ver este gol! Arrancó desde atrás de mitad de cancha para llegar hasta la puerta del área y clavarla en un ángulo. El gol de Nahuel Bustos que quedará en la historia del #ClásicoCordobés ¡Miralo todas las veces que quieras! 👇 pic.twitter.com/Tp0dOxdVNx
— Talleres (@CATalleresdecba) October 8, 2018