Another week of the Superliga season and while Boca Juniors climbed to the top of the pile it wasn’t the most impressive display from Gustavo Alfaro’s side. One of the eleven that defeated Banfield makes the Team of the week but see who else shone elsewhere over the weekend.
With twelve matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round four, 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.
To catch up with previous Teams of the week….
Esteban Andrada || Boca Juniors
Pushing Franco Armani hard for the Argentina number one position, Esteban Andrada produced another decisive display in Boca’s 1-0 win over Banfield on Sunday. A flying save to deny Agustín Urzi and another finger tip stop that pushed an effort onto the post, were it not for Andrada, Boca wouldn’t have kept the clean sheet that gave them three points.
Fabricio Bustos || Independiente
Once Argentina’s solution to the right-back problem Fabricio Bustos’ form dropped off badly over the past year but the 23-year-old was back to his best in the win over Colón on Saturday. Crossing to set up Silvio Romero’s late goal was reward for a lung-busting display down the right, full of energy and threat.
Héctor Martínez || Defensa y Justicia
There has been no shortage of talented youngsters impress on loan at Defensa y Justicia in recent years and while it’s been a difficult start to the season for El Halcón, Héctor Martínez excelled in the team’s first win of the season. The 21-year-old, River Plate loanee, alongside the equally impressive Juan Rodríguez, helped keep a clean sheet and provide the foundation for a 1-0 win over Gimnasia.
Mariano Bareiro || Huracán
Not the prettiest performance but an important one from Mariano Bareiro as Huracán took a point from the visit of Argentinos Juniors. Fourteen clearances and eight interceptions, the on loan defender proved his worth to El Globo.
Elías Gómez || Argentinos Juniors
A fantastic full-back performance, Elías Gómez made three tackles (100%) and won possession on ten occasions to help keep Huracán out in Argentinos Juniors’ goalless draw but the 25-year-old also excelled going forward – six successful dribbles and two key passes could have unlocked the hosts on another day.
Tomás Pochettino || Talleres
Talleres’ former Boca contingent would have enjoyed their victory over River Plate on Sunday and while Juan Komar and Andrés Cubas impressed, Tomás Pochettino really stood out. The midfielder made six key passes and won possession 15 times during a thoroughly deserved win at the Monumental.
Player of the week
Nicolás Domínguez || Vélez Sarsfield
It is with good reason that Lionel Scaloni included Nicolás Domínguez in the latest Argentina squad as the 21-year-old has established himself as one of the Superliga’s finest midfield all-rounders. Breaking forward from deep Domínguez added another two goals to his tally but with three tackles and six possession turnovers, there is plenty of grit too in the youngster’s game.
Pablo Pérez || Independiente
Back in the team after the defeat to Estudiantes, Pablo Pérez showed how important he is to Independiente’s midfield and his all-round display brought the best out of those around him. Five tackles (100%), five dribbles (100%) and two key passes saw the veteran set the tone and help El Rojo to a crucial win.
Lautaro Acosta || Lanús
Despite pulling a hamstring in the process Lautaro Acosta scored his first goal of the season to double Lanús’ lead over Unión in Santa Fe, a goal that proved decisive. Four successful dribbles (100%) and two key passes, the 31-year-old Lanús icon was key to a vital three points and El Granate will be hoping Acosta isn’t out for long.
Santiago García || Godoy Cruz
Godoy Cruz relying on Santiago García has become quite a common theme over the past 18 months and the Uruguayan was once more central to his side earning a first victory of the season. Three defeats, a change of manager and behind to Estudiantes early on Sunday, El Tomba needed inspiration – a goal and an assist from El Morro turned things round.
Lucas Janson || Vélez Sarsfield
Filling the gap left by Matías Vargas was never going to be easy but Vélez quickly identified Lucas Janson once Tigre were relegated and the 25-year-old is already having an impact in Liniers. An excellent cross for Vélez’s second and a smart finish to wrap up the win, Janson pace and dribbling ability cutting in off the left flank have made him an ideal replacement for Monito.
Goal of the week
a) Lucas Janson – VÉLEZ v Newell’s
b) Maxi Lovera – CENTRAL v Patronato
c) Julián Chicco – Central v PATRONATO