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 fourteen, 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…
Esteban Andrada || Boca Juniors
After months out injured Esteban Andrada is back and earned Boca victory on Saturday against Independiente. Perhaps fortunate that the referee ruled out Maxi Meza’s header, Andrada otherwise stopped everything thrown at him – the diving stop to deny Francisco Silva the best of his six saves.
Fabricio Fontanini || Newell’s Old Boys
It’s not been an easy run for Newell’s but under the interim management of Hector Bidoglio, La Lepra picked up a big win over Patronato. The clean sheet was vital and while goalkeeper Alan Aguerre deserves credit so too does Fabricio Fontanini. The defender made ten clearances and five interceptions to keep the visitors out.
Alexander Barboza || Defensa y Justicia
It has been central defensive partner Lisandro Martínez hogging most the plaudits this season but Alexander Barboza remains a vital part of Defensa y Justicia’s success. Martínez scored the late equaliser against Huracán on Monday but it was Barboza’s knock down that created it to cap an excellent performance.
Lucas Acevedo || San Martín de Tucumán
With the vital equaliser, Lucas Acevedo played a central role in San Martín de Tucumán’s historic victory over rivals Atlético. However, with six clearances and eight aerial challenges won, Acevedo did more than just score his goal as the visitors held on for the points.
Matías Zaracho || Racing Club
Back from injury and back into the flow of things. Matías Zaracho’s all round midfield display is one that earned him a place in Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina squad before being ruled out but it won’t be long before the 20-year-old is back. Four tackles, four interceptions, four dribbles and 89% pass completion – there’s not much the boy can’t do.
Lucas Robertone || Vélez Sarsfield
Another of Vélez’s academy products to impress over the past year but one who has perhaps not attracted as much attention as others. Lucas Robertone’s header to give Gabriel Heinze’s side the lead was superb and the midfielder’s ability to make those late runs into the box to score is a talent that should not go without praise.
Tino Costa || San Martín de Tucumán
Expectations perhaps weren’t that high for Tino Costa given how poor his last spell in Argentina with San Lorenzo went but the veteran midfielder is proving instrumental in San Martín’s survival battle. Costa scored the winner in the derby on Saturday but also created the second, one of five key passes during his creative display.
Matías Vargas || Vélez Sarsfield
It was Matías Vargas’ wonderfully teasing cross that finally created the breakthrough for Vélez against Central and the sight of the 21-year-old cutting in off the left flank onto his right foot is one that is becoming increasingly familiar to Superliga watchers. Two key passes and two successful dribbles, Vargas is always positive and looking to create something.
Santiago García || Godoy Cruz
Last season’s leading scorer in the Superliga made something of a slow start this season but is making up for it now. Santiago García scored twice and caused Tigre problems all afternoon as Godoy Cruz chalked up a good away win on Monday and continued to climb in the table.
Player of the week
Lisandro López || Racing Club
Another inspirational performance from the captain, it is little wonder that Racing have convinced Lisandro López to stay on for at least another year. The 35-year-old harried Talleres into an error that created the first goal, won the ball to release Cristaldo for the penalty which he in turn scored and then delicately added a third in another Racing victory.
Rafael Santos Borré || River Plate
A real miss for River Plate in the upcoming Copa Libertadores final second leg, Rafael Santos Borré could start in Marcelo Gallardo’s second-string side against Gimnasia and rewarded his manager with a decisive brace. A cool finish one-on-one and a predatory tap-in gave River a two-goal lead and an edge that may have been missing if Gallardo had been forced to rely solely on the academy products.
Goal of the week
a) Gaston Fernandez – ESTUDIANTES v Lanús
#TNTSports | Fierrazo de la Gata Fernández que dejó parado a Ibáñez para darle la ventaja al Pincha desde el vestuario, en la primera del partido.
#Estudiantes 🆚 #Lanús pic.twitter.com/dpDdA5Detg
— TNT Sports LA (@TNTSportsLA) December 1, 2018
b) Edwin Cardona – Independiente v BOCA
Así fue el GOLAZO de #Cardona
Independiente 0 – #Boca 1pic.twitter.com/trDihwKDjj
— Pablo Lisotto (@plisotto) December 2, 2018