Another week of Superliga action done so the Golazo Team & Goal of the week is back.
With twelve matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round eighteen, 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 were few highlights from the Clásico Rosarino but Alan Aguerre had to be alert to ensure that Newell’s Old Boys kept a clean sheet and avoided defeat as Rosario Central threatened during the second half.
Leonel Di Plácido || Lanús
It’s fair to say Lanús haven’t really seen the best of Leonel Di Plácido since signing the 25-year-old from Atlético Tucumán. Di Plácido showed glimpses of what made him one of the best full backs in the league a couple of years ago and got forward well to score the second goal in Lanús’ win over Gimnasia.
Jonathan Schunke || Estudiantes
Estudiantes needed a win and while it wasn’t exactly convincing against ten-man Patronato, Jonathan Schunke ensured it resulted in three points. The towering centre back got forward to head the only goal of the game but was equally important at the other end in preserving the clean sheet.
Emiliano Amor || Aldosivi
Aldosivi have made an impressive return to the Superliga and there form in Mar del Plata has been central to that. Monday’s late win over San Martín de San Juan required a clean sheet as its foundation and Emiliano Amor was the key figure – winning possession nine times and making four clearances.
Milton Casco || River Plate
There was a time not long ago that River Plate supporters would bemoan the inclusion of Milton Casco but the full-back has emerged as a key figure in recent months and produced an outstanding display in the win over Racing. With six tackles, Casco was defensively sound but got forward to support the attack playing a vital part in the second goal and making two key passes.
Player of the week
Federico Lértora || Belgrano
Not much was expected from Belgrano when Boca Juniors arrived in Córdoba but the relegation threatened club pulled off something of a surprise draw and Federico Lértora was central to that. Not only did that the 28-year-old strike the 81st minute equaliser but with six tackles and five interceptions, Lértora broke up play and protected the back four.
Rodrigo Gómez || San Martín de Tucumán
A superb free-kick from an acute angle was ultimately only a consolation for San Martín de Tucumán in Mendoza but Rodrigo Gómez is proving an astute addition. Hard working and creative, even after going down to ten men Gómez continued to try and lift the visitors.
Matías Vargas || Vélez Sarsfield
Vélez were not at their best in the draw with Huracán on Friday evening but Matías Vargas was still the most likely to create anything. The 21-year-old’s run and pull back created the goal for Brian Cufre and with five successful dribbles, El Monito was constantly probing the Huracán defence.
Juan Fernando Quintero || River Plate
Racing’s opposite number Ricardo Centurión had previously claimed to be the best number 10 in Argentina but on Sunday evening Juan Fernando Quintero delivered the perfect response. The Colombian’s free kick to break the deadlock was sensational and the 26-year-old’s vision and technique incomparable in the Superliga.
Federico González || Tigre
The Banfield defending was woeful but Tigre also had the performance of Federico González to thank for the point that was secured in Friday’s 4-4 draw. Two superbly taken solo goals and an assist for Walter Montillo saw El Matador come from two-down and 4-3 down to salvage something.
Agustín Fontana || Banfield
At the other end of the pitch to González, Banfield had Agustín Fontana to thank and the 22-year-old was one of the few to avoid the criticism of manager Hernán Crespo as El Taladro threw away a win. Fontana scored twice, the second a superb acrobatic effort and really didn’t deserve to not being celebrating three points.
Goal of the week
Juan Fernando Quintero – RIVER PLATE v Racing