Another week of Superliga action done and so Golazo Team & Goal of the week is back.
With thirteen matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round ten, 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…
Matías Ibañez || Lanús
Lanús have had difficulties with replacing Esteban Andrade since the goalkeeper left for Boca but Matías Ibañez has stepped up when called upon and produced another excellent display in Friday’s draw with Tigre. Eight saves earned El Granate a point and even the goal that Ibañez did concede was a rebound after a tremendous save.
Stefano Callegari || Newell’s Old Boys
All focus is on this week’s Clásico but Newell’s warmed up for the Copa Argentina quarter final with victory over Argentinos Juniors. The visitors to the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa may not be the most threatening attack but Stefano Callegari ensured that their goal drought didn’t end on his watch. The 21-year-old made six clearances and won possession five times in an assured defensive display.
Tomás Cardona || Godoy Cruz
Few would have tipped Godoy Cruz to beat Unión in Santa Fe and while it was El Tomba’s forwards that took the credit, a clean sheet provided the foundation. Tomás Cardona was dominant in the air against the threat of Franco Soldano and made nine clearances in addition to ten interceptions to ensure the Unión number nine couldn’t make an impact.
Lisandro Martínez || Defensa y Justicia
Hopefully it was just a precautionary substitution that saw Lisandro Martínez replaced after 75 minutes as the 20-year-old enhances his reputation as one of the Superliga’s best defenders with every passing week. Whether at left-back, as part of a back three or centre-back in a four, Martínez excels and in the 1-0 win over San Martín, the Newell’s academy product showcased all aspects of his game.
Guillermo Acosta || Atlético Tucumán
It was Guillermo Acosta’s corner that found Rodrigo Aliendro for Atlético Tucumán’s opener and that proved a good start for what was an excellent all-round display on the right of midfield. Two key passes and 86% pass accuracy, Acosta worked tirelessly and won possession seven times as Atlético defeated Independiente.
Braian Cufre || Vélez Sarsfield
You will not see many cleaner strikes of a football than Braian Cufre’s sensational winner against Belgrano on Sunday. The 21-year-old has quietly been another of Vélez’s top academy graduates this season and his solid defensive display was capped by the unstoppable long range effort.
Pol Fernández || Racing Club
After a wonderful season with Godoy Cruz last time, Pol Fernández always looked like a good bit of business for Racing and so the midfielder has proved after another inspirational display against San Lorenzo on Sunday. An early substitute for the injured Augusto Solari, not only was Fernández the match winner with his powerful long range effort but the former Boca man’s passing was precise (95% accuracy).
Rodrigo Aliendro || Atlético Tucumán
Two superb first half strikes twice gave Atlético the lead against Independiente on Sunday as Rodrigo Aliendro proved a constant threat bursting forward from midfield. The first volley direct from a corner was exquisite and the second displayed a real goalscoring instinct as the ball broke free in the box.
Angel González || Godoy Cruz
Santiago García is usually the one making the runs and finding the space to nick Godoy Cruz’s goals but Angel González produced a terrific performance in support of the Uruguayan in Santa Fe to score a brace of his own. A poacher’s tap-in and a fine one-on-one finish put El Tomba two-up against Unión and with five tackles the 24-year-old also put a shift in defensively.
Facundo Barceló || Patronato
If Patronato are to avoid the drop, Facundo Barceló’s brace against Rosario Central could prove vital. Despite not being the tallest striker, Barceló won nine aerial duals and after his predatory volley from close range opened the scoring, his injury time header snatched all three points.
Player of the week
Lucas Gamba || Huracán
Huracán looked dead and buried at two-nil down and with ten men but Lucas Gamba proved instrumental in leading El Globo to a superb comeback victory. The 31-year-old’s two goals may have had an element of luck but in the closing stages Gamba demonstrated a leadership and an ability to lift the team that was infectious. Colón were rattled and unable to contain Gamba slumped to defeat.
Goal of the week
Cristian Ferreira – RIVER PLATE v Aldosivi
Pol Fernández – RACING v San Lorenzo
Braian Cufre – VÉLEZ SARSFIELD v Belgrano
Rodrigo Aliendro – ATLÉTICO TUCUMÁN v Independiente
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