A new year and another week of Superliga action done so the Golazo Team & Goal of the week is back.
With eleven matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round sixteen, 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…
Alan Aguerre || Newell’s Old Boys
There was little Alan Aguerre could do to stop Darío Benedetto’s equaliser but with nine saves during Newell’s Old Boys’ draw, no goalkeeper produced more this weekend.
Jonathan Bottinelli || Unión
Unión aren’t the most exciting side to watch and Saturday’s goalless draw with Belgrano is not one to watch on repeat but Jonathan Bottinelli impressed at the heart of the defence. The 34-year-old made ten clearances in his side’s clean sheet.
Emanuel Olivera || Colón
Colón’s defence has suffered since the sale of Germán Conti and although Argentinos Juniors are hardly the greatest of tests, Emanuel Olivera had to be alert to ensure a match winning clean sheet. Aside from five aerial clearances, the won possession six times, including one goal saving tackle.
Lisandro Martínez || Defensa y Justicia
How many more times is Lisandro Martínez going to be in the team of the week? The 21-year-old again demonstrated why he is the best young defender in the league as Defensa y Justicia picked up a vital win over San Lorenzo.
Tomás Belmonte || Lanús
Few would have tipped Lanús to beat Godoy Cruz in Mendoza but since Luis Zubeldía took over it is a very different Granate. The 20-year-old opened the scoring with a diving header but with 94% pass completion, Belmonte was essential in midfield.
Gabriel Compagnucci || Patronato
Another of Patronato’s new signings and an instant impact. Gabriel Compagnucci has bounced around clubs and the stay in Paraná might be equally brief but a hat-trick of assists down the right is a terrific start.
Matías Vargas || Vélez Sarsfield
With two key passes and three completed dribbles, Matías Vargas showed no signs of a dip in form from 2018. The 21-year-old scored the winning goal in what is rapidly becoming a trademark finish – cutting in off the left to rifle in with his right foot.
Maxi Rodríguez || Newell’s Old Boys
What a return for Maxi Rodríguez. Newell’s suddenly had more dynamism in attack and the former Argentina international scored one of the goals of the weekend. If La Lepra can keep this up it should be a much brighter 2019.
Luis Rodríguez || Colón
It was no surprise to see Luis Rodríguez produce a match winning display as the Pulga has been doing it regularly for Atlético Tucumán. The transfer was a shock but a goal and an assist on his debut is pretty standard for Rodríguez.
Player of the week
Gabriel Avalos || Patronato
Gabriel Avalos couldn’t have dreamed of that debut as the Uruguayan scored a hat-trick at the Monumental to give Patronato a vital win over River Plate. The 28-year-old produced three outstanding finishes and provided an aerial focal point to the attack.
Leandro Díaz || Atlético Tucumán
Life after Pulga was never going to be easy but Leandro Díaz made sure the transition was as smooth as possible with a key part in the 4-1 win over Gimnasia. A goal and an assist for the centre forward suggests El Decano will still find the net.
Goal of the week
Cristian Ferreira – RIVER PLATE v Patronato
Maxi Rodríguez – NEWELL’S v Boca
Matías Vargas – Estudiantes v VÉLEZ
Lucas Robertone – Estudiantes v VÉLEZ