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.
Nicolás Domínguez || Vélez Sarsfield
With good reason European clubs are already circling around Nicolás Domínguez as the 21-year-old midfielder gave another glimpse of his quality in Saturday’s draw with Racing. A wonderfully taken goal displayed his balance and technique but winning possession six times also demonstrated the defensive side of Domínguez’s game.
Nicolás Giménez || Arsenal
Few would have predicted consecutive wins for Arsenal to begin their campaign back in the top flight but Sergio Rondina’s side sit top of the pile on six points. Nicolás Giménez, on loan from Talleres, has been outstanding and his goal in Mendoza on Monday set Arsenal on track to a win over Godoy Cruz.
Gabriel Carabajal || Unión
Losing Diego Zabala and Franco Fragapane in the wide areas was a blow to Unión but Gabriel Carabajal arrived in the window and was excellent in the win over Defensa y Justicia. The 27-year-old completed seven dribbles (100%) down the left wing, made four key passes and worked hard defensively with four tackles.
Matías Suárez || River Plate
A penalty miss in the Copa Libertadores could have proved so costly but Matías Suárez has responded well and scored twice on Sunday as River Plate swept past a dreadful Lanús side. Two key passes could have helped Los Millonarios to more were it not for Iván Rossi in the Lanús goal.
Walter Bou || Unión
Unión had looked shy of goals following recent sales but Walter Bou made a tremendous debut as El Tatengue defeated Defensa y Justicia in Santa Fe. Scorer of the opening goal and a focal point to the attack, Bou provided a threat that was previously lacking.
Goal of the week
Nicolás Domínguez – VÉLEZ v Racing Club