The Superclásico dominated the headlines over the weekend but a disappointing game didn’t see River Plate or Boca Juniors’ players figure prominently in the Team of the week.
With twelve matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round five, 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….
Alejandro Sánchez || Atlético Tucumán
Atlético Tucumán’s dip in form this season is clear and it required an impressive goalkeeping display from Alejandro Sánchez to keep a clean sheet and ensure a win over Arsenal. Seven saves from the 32-year-old was a Superliga-high for Round Five.
Player of the week
Angelo Gabrielli || Newell’s Old Boys
A spot of luck with the deflection on his shot to give Newell’s their third goal, Angelo Gabrielli was superb at right-back when it was thought the injury to Facundo Nadalín would be a real blow. A fine cross for Cristian Lema to head the second and an otherwise solid defensive display, the Uruguayan was tremendous.
Cristian Lema || Newell’s Old Boys
After a horrific error gifted Huracán a goal it would be easy to overlook Cristian Lema’s performance but the 29-year-old responded brilliantly. A towering header and a calmly taken penalty gave Lema two goals yet it is his strength in the air and the tackle that have been such assets to La Lepra this season.
Lucas Martínez Quarta || River Plate
There was little to get excited about in the Superclásico but Lucas Martínez Quarta produced a performance that goes someway to explain why European clubs are circling. The 23-year-old is calm on the ball and dominant in the air, making ten clearances as River kept a clean sheet in the draw with Boca.
Enzo Díaz || Talleres
A fine assist for Jonathan Menéndez and four successful dribbles down the left, Enzo Díaz provided an outlet offensively yet was equally effective in his defensive duties – seven tackles, three interceptions and two clearances.
Ezequiel Bonifacio || Unión
Unión ended up on the wrong end of the result against league leaders San Lorenzo but it didn’t prevent Ezequiel Bonifacio impressing. Cutting in from the right, the 25-year-old took his goal superbly and was a constant nuisance to the home side’s defence with three key passes and five dribbles.
Facundo Quignón || Lanús
Pepe Sand’s assist stole the show in Lanús’ win over Central Córdoba but Facundo Quignón quietly went about his business in central midfield to play a key role. Six tackles, three interceptions and five clearances helped keep a clean sheet and with three dribbles and 89% pass completion, the 26-year-old was useful in possession too.
Lucas Robertone || Vélez Sarsfield
Vélez were poor and barely deserved their win over Estudiantes but it didn’t prevent Lucas Robertone showcasing his talents. A superbly taken goal proved decisive and aside from that the youngster made two key passes and busily won possession in midfield.
Matko Miljevic || Argentinos Juniors
There was a huge slice of good fortune behind Matko Miljevic’s winner for Argentinos Juniors against Gimnasia yet it was far from the only contribution of the 18-year-old. The Miami-born player completed six dribbles (100%) and made two key passes as Los Bichos tried to extend their lead.
Fernando Coniglio || Huracán
On the end of the 4-1 defeat yet Fernando Coniglio still managed to impress. The powerful centre-forward scored one and was a real handful for Newell’s backline – three key passes, three dribbles and excellent in the air, El Globo could have benefitted far more from Coniglio’s display.
Lisandro López || Racing Club
Not to give too much credit simply for scoring from the penalty spot, Lisandro López proved influential once more as Racing Club earned their first win of the season. The team’s leader and inspiration, Licha was at the heart of everything and his hard work at 36 years of age sets an example for the entire team.
Goal of the week
a) Lucas Robertone – Estudiantes v VÉLEZ
b) Darío Cvitanich – RACING v Godoy Cruz