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 fifteen, 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…
Mariano Andújar || Estudiantes
Mariano Andújar didn’t have a great deal to do against San Lorenzo on Saturday afternoon but what the veteran goalkeeper did, earned Estudiantes a point. The 35-year-old’s penalty save to deny Pablo Mouche meant the home side didn’t double their lead and eventually a spot kick at the other end resulted in Mariano Pavone snatching a draw.
Emiliano Amor || Aldosivi
Argentinos Juniors aren’t the greatest attacking side but Emiliano Amor deserves praise for not only heading Aldosivi’s injury time winner but also defending admirably. The 23-year-old made 13 clearances as the home side looked to get balls into Raúl Bobadilla and was firm in the tackle to limit shots on goal.
Alexander Barboza || Defensa y Justicia
Seems like every week that one of Defensa y Justicia’s impressive unbeaten side are in the Team of the week and Alexander Barboza is certainly no stranger. The towering centre back made seven clearances and stole possession twice during the clean sheet and victory over Colón on Sunday and as ever Barboza was excellent in not only marshalling the defence but also bringing the ball out from the back with four successful dribbles.
Lisandro Martínez || Defensa y Justicia
It’s almost possible to forget Lisandro Martínez is an outstanding defender such is his ability with the ball at his feet because aside from his vital role in Defensa y Justicia keeping another clean sheet in the win over Colón, the 20-year-old had an 87% pass completion rate, completed two key passes and three dribbles. Martínez has been one of the bargains signings and a real blow for Newell’s who allowed him to leave so cheaply.
Nicolás Domínguez || Vélez Sarsfield
It’s been a tremendous 2018 for Nicolás Domínguez and it seems only a matter of time before the 20-year-old becomes the latest Vélez academy product to make the leap to Europe. Confidence is obviously high, if his new blonde hair-do is anything to go by, but Domínguez backed it up with his third goal of the season in the draw with Patronato. In addition to winning possession three times, the youngster made two key passes as he influenced things at both ends.
Maxi Meza || Independiente
In what will almost certainly be his final game for Independiente, Maxi Meza served a reminder to supporters of the quality that he has brought to Ariel Holan’s side over the past couple of years. The Argentina international bent in a superb free kick from an impossible angle to earn El Rojo a point but with seven successful dribbles was full of trickery and if anyone looked to open the home defence earlier in the game it was Meza.
Angel González || Godoy Cruz
Godoy Cruz have gradually turned things around after a slow start to the season and although Santiago García usually takes the headlines, Angel González has been quietly effective in his wide role in the attack. The 24-year-old took his goal superbly and left Independiente defenders sprawling on Saturday and although it didn’t end in victory for El Tomba, with three dribbles and one key pass, González caused problems for the visitors all evening.
Player of the week Matías Vargas || Vélez Sarsfield
How much longer can Vélez hold on to Matías Vargas is the question and Gabriel Heinze will be hoping it is until at least next June for the sake of this Superliga season. El Monito scored twice for ten-man Vélez to almost secure victory over Patronato and although it ended in a draw, Vargas’ contribution was huge. Aside from his two goals, the 21-year-old was at his creative best, completing six dribbles and making four key passes despite Vélez’s numerical disadvantage.
Lisandro López || Racing Club
Another goal for Lisandro López and crucially it earned Racing Club victory over San Martín de San Juan to send La Academia into the break six points clear. The inspirational captain leads from the front and has been so important for Eduardo Coudet’s side. The headed winner on Sunday may owe as much to walkabout goalkeeper Luis Ardente as it did Licha’s movement and aerial ability but there is much more to López’s contribution that just his current status as the Superliga’s leading scorer.
Francisco Fydriszewski || Newell’s Old Boys
Having spent much of his career out on loan, Franciso Fydriszewski may not be particularly well known but took his chance up front for Newell’s against San Martín de Tucumán with both hands. The 25-year-old scored twice, the second a wonderful finish from distance, to wrap up a rare away win for Newell’s and with La Lepra persevering with Luis Leal for so long, El Polaco might just be their new number nine.
Sebastián Ribas || Lanús
For a long time it looked like Lanús had signed a different Sebastián Ribas to the one that scored pretty fairly for Patronato last season but with the improvements made under Luis Zubeldia, the Uruguayan centre forward is back among the goals. Ribas’ strength aerially saw him win seven challenges but most importantly created chances and Talleres allowing the 30-year-old a bit too much space saw Ribas head two goals and earn Lanús an important win.