A weekend free of football lies ahead due to elections in Argentina but with Round Two of the Superliga season done and dusted (kind of) it’s time for the Golazo Team & Goal of the week.
Independiente’s clash with Newell’s Old Boys being postponed at late notice due to El Rojo’s Copa Sudamericana commitments mean there were eleven Superliga game to choose from.
Here are the eleven that impressed from Round Two, 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…
Nicolás Navarro || San Lorenzo
Iván Rossi made nine saves on Sunday to prevent Lanús getting a complete hiding against River Plate but on the end of a 3-0 defeat it just wasn’t enough to make the Team of the week. Instead, Nicolás Navarro stands between the sticks after keeping a clean sheet in La Plata that allowed San Lorenzo to snatch three points.
Iván Pillud || Racing Club
Aldosivi’s Emanuel Iñiguez may have produced a more rounded full-back display this weekend but none had the impact of Iván Pillud. The 33-year-old is certainly not the best right-back around but his late burst forward behind the Vélez backline snatched the champions a point. Superb control, a calm finish and a key moment that meant La Academia remained unbeaten.
Hugo Vera Oviedo || Central Córdoba
A famous win in Santiago del Estero, Superliga newcomers Central Córdoba celebrated their first home game with three points. Deserved victory over Atlético Tucumán was in part down to the foundation of a clean sheet and Hugo Vera Oviedo was instrumental – the Paraguayan made two tackles, five interceptions and three clearances to ensure the visitors couldn’t find any way through.
Carlos Izquierdoz || Boca Juniors
As Patronato went direct in their attempts to turn cancel out Boca’s early goals, it was down to Carlos Izquierdoz to keep the home side at bay. With twelve clearances, the 30-year-old was dominant in the air.
Player of the week
Frank Fabra || Boca Juniors
Were it not for a serious knee injury Frank Fabra would likely not still be at Boca Juniors but Gustavo Alfaro will be glad the Colombian is as Fabra’s superb left-foot created both goals in the win over Patronato. Two assists and five dribbles, Fabra gives an outlet down the left that no other Boca full-back does.
Rodrigo Gómez || Huracán
There have been spells of good form in Rodrigo Gómez somewhat transitory career to date but consistency has always been lacking. Huracán will be hoping that Droopy can maintain the level shown since signing as the midfielder was crucial in the victory over Colón with a goal and an assist. Good with the ball, industrious and with fine set-piece delivery, Gómez could prove a good piece of business for El Globo.