Another week of Superliga action done and so Golazo Team & Goal of the week is back.
With eleven matches to choose from due to Sunday’s Superclásico here are the eleven that impressed from round twelve, 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…
César Rigamonti || Belgrano
A penalty save and at least two more excellent stops meant César Rigamonti barely deserved to end up on the losing side but the goalkeeper could do little about Independiente’s two goals. An instinctive save down low to deny Emmanuel Gigliotti when the score was goalless almost proved vital when Belgrano took a surprise lead soon after but it wasn’t to be.
Iván Pillud || Racing Club
Firmly second choice now at the club, Iván Pillud remains a popular figure and on Sunday against Gimnasia showed he can still do a job at right back. Bombing forward to cross for Lisandro López’s first of the afternoon, the 32-year-old also made six tackles and two interceptions.
Lisandro Martínez || Defensa y Justicia
Another week, another place in the Team of the week for Lisandro Martínez. Back in Rosario against former club Newell’s, the 20-year-old was outstanding in difficult conditions to help Defensa y Justicia claim a point. Ten clearances and seven interceptions, Martínez is a terrific reader of play and so comfortable when bringing the ball out from the back.
Nicolás Figal || Independiente
Not always the most reliable centre back, Nicolás Figal can be frustrating and brilliant in equal measure but against Belgrano on Sunday, the 24-year-old was excellent. Dominant in the air, quick to cover ground and accurate distribution (90% pass completion), Figal almost popped up with a goal forcing Rigamonti into a good save with a strike from distance.
Nicolás Pasquini || Lanús
Nicolás Pasquini’s beautifully struck free-kick came within inches of giving Lanús victory in the Clásico del Sur but El Granate instead had to make do with a draw. Operating as a wing-back down the left, Pasquini provided plenty of width and made three key passes from his position close to the touchline.
Nery Domínguez || Racing Club
Returning to the side in place of Marcelo Díaz in the number five role, Nery Domínguez served Eduardo Coudet with a reminder of his talents during an excellent midfield display against Gimnasia. A goalline clearance denied the home side of one of their only clear chances and Domínguez was otherwise superb in winning possession and efficiently using the ball.
Lucas Menossi || Tigre
You won’t find a sweeter struck free-kick than the one Lucas Menossi scored to bring ten-man Tigre back level against Argentinos Juniors. Primarily a defensive midfielder, Menossi won possession four times on Monday but it was an outstanding 25+ yard strike that was the catalyst in Tigre’s fine victory.
Tino Costa || San Martín de Tucumán
Things didn’t really work out for Tino Costa at San Lorenzo last season but the veteran midfielder is already proving his worth at San Martín de Tucumán. Costa’s blistering strike helped his side come back from three-down to earn a point against Patronato but the former Valencia midfielder did far more than just his goal. Three key passes, 93% pass accuracy and two dribbles, Costa was at the heart of everything.
Facundo Barceló || Patronato
Another two goals for Facundo Barceló takes the Uruguayan’s tally for the season to six and his excellent form is a reason for Patronato’s improvement. Replacing Sebastián Ribas’ goals was always going to be a challenge and while Barceló is going someway to do that, Patronato not being able to hold onto a three-goal lead is likely to cost them their place in the top flight.
Player of the week
Lisandro López || Racing Club
Another Racing win and another captain’s performance from Lisandro López. Two goals (one from the penalty spot) took Licha’s tally for the season to nine and aside from his goals, López brought teammates into play, caused Gimnasia all manner of problems and led by example en route to an invaluable three points.
Lucas Gamba || Huracán
As expected Lucas Gamba has proved an astute acquisition for Huracán and the 31-year-old was instrumental in El Globo’s win over Godoy Cruz on Monday. The cross for Andrés Chávez to open the deadlock and a goal from the penalty to double the lead, Gamba had a direct hand in both and with three key passes was always the player looking to create something.
Goal of the week
Gastón Fernández – Colón v ESTUDIANTES
Francisco Ilarregui – Tigre v ARGENTINOS JUNIORS
Lucas Menossi – TIGRE v Argentinos Juniors
Tino Costa – Patronato v SAN MARTÍN
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