Another week of Superliga action done so the Golazo Team & Goal of the week is back.
With thirteen matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round nineteen, 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
What a signing Alan Aguerre has proved to be for Newell’s Old Boys. There was little the 28-year-old could do to prevent Nicolás Blandi bundling in San Lorenzo’s opener but it was his outstanding stops that denied El Ciclón extending that lead and eventually helped Newell’s snatch a point.
Marcelo Herrera || Belgrano
Friday’s goalless draw with San Martín de Tucumán was ultimately a huge source of frustration for Belgrano but while the forwards couldn’t find the net, Marcelo Herrera put in an accomplished display in defence. The 26-year-old was outstanding in the air and made eleven clearances as El Pirata did more than enough to secure what would have been a hugely important three points.
Alexander Barboza || Defensa y Justicia
There is no sign of Defensa y Justicia’s title charge slowing down and while El Halcón are not blowing teams away their defensive resolve is winning them points. Alexander Barboza is central to that and the captain produced another excellent display in the 1-0 win over Gimnasia.
Yeimar Gómez Andrade || Unión
At times guilty of being too rash and being positionally naive, Yeimar Gómez Andrade did what he is good at on Saturday and it helped Unión to a 3-0 win over Atlético Tucumán. Dominant in the air and strong to any physical battles, the Colombian made nine clearances and 100% of his tackles.
Iván Marcone || Boca Juniors
Certain Boca supporters might be acting as if though they have discovered the next big thing but the truth is that Iván Marcone is proving just what anyone who had seen over the last couple of years already knew – he is an outstanding number five. Six turnovers of possession, supremely comfortable on the ball and an 88% pass completion.
Mauro Pittón || Unión
Not the most consistent performer, Mauro Pittón produced one of his best performances to help Unión to victory on Saturday. A goal and an assist from central midfield and plenty of industry to help out defensively, when Pittón plays at that level alongside Nelson Acevedo, Unión are tough to break down.
Matías Zaracho || Racing Club
Undoubtedly one of Argentina’s brightest talents today, Matías Zaracho proved his worth once more on Monday evening with his first senior brace against Godoy Cruz. Winning possession eight times, the 20-year-old put in a terrific all-round midfield display bursting from deep to arrive in the penalty box.
Franco Fragapane || Unión
Without the goals of Franco Soldano, Unión have needed someone else to step up and although Franco Fragapane isn’t a consistent source in that department his two goals against Atlético Tucumán were decisive. Quick and a good dribbler of the ball, the 26-year-old’s opener was superbly taken.
Cecilio Domínguez || Independiente
Independiente’s form might not have improved but after a couple of mishaps in the transfer market, the early indications are that Cecilio Domínguez is a very useful addition. The Paraguayan’s delicate free-kick almost gave El Rojo victory over San Martín in San Juan but even with the man disadvantage, Domínguez was always looking to create something.
Player of the week
Walter Montillo || Tigre
Tigre remain in deep relegation trouble but if Walter Montillo can maintain this form until the end of the season, El Matador have a chance. The 34-year-old was everywhere in Saturday’s win over Central and with two assists there were times when Edgardo Bauza’s side simply couldn’t handle Montillo.
Mauro Zárate || Boca Juniors
With a goal and an assist in Boca’s 2-1 win over Lanús, Mauro Zárate again served a reminder that were it not for some questionable career choices and perhaps a lack of consistency the 31-year-old would still be playing in Europe. Zárate remains a top talent and was at the heart of everything that Boca did creatively.