Boca Juniors took a grip on top spot of the Superliga after maintaining their impressive defensive record to see off San Lorenzo and it is now Talleres in hot pursuit after La T handed Diego Maradona another defeat as Gimnasia boss. Boca’s fierce rivals and soon to be Copa Libertadores dance partners, River Plate suffered defeat to Vélez but there were a number of excellent performances across the weekend.
With twelve matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round seven (photo via Sofascore), along with our Player of the round and pick of the goals. Feel free to disagree and leave a comment suggesting who you thought should have made it.
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Player of the week
Lucas Hoyos || Vélez Sarsfield
Lucas Hoyos made six saves during Vélez Sarsfield’s victory over River Plate at the Monumental on Sunday but none were better or more decisive than the stunning penalty stop to deny Nacho Fernández a late equaliser.
Jonathan Sandoval || Argentinos Juniors
Crossing for Santiago Silva to add Argentinos Juniors’ third in the win over Central Córdoba, Jonathan Sandoval had an impact at both ends of the pitch. Providing width down the right but solid defensively.
Carlos Quintana || Argentinos Juniors
The important goal that broke the deadlock in La Paternal, Carlos Quintana was outstanding in the air as Argentinos Juniors climbed to third in the table. Three tackles (100%), five interceptions and seven clearances, Central Córdoba found it difficult to get through.
Alejandro Donatti || Racing Club
Racing pose such a huge threat from set-pieces and while Alejandro Donatti didn’t get on the scoresheet himself it was the defender’s header that set up Lisandro López for the winner. Ten clearances and three tackles, it is no surprise that Arsenal only managed to find the net via a direct free-kick.
Federico Milo || Unión
Unión had to settle for a draw with Rosario Central but Federico Milo couldn’t be faulted for effort. Getting forward down the left the 27-year-old made four key crosses and played a key part in the clean sheet with six clearances and three interceptions.
Julián Fernández || Newell’s Old Boys
Newell’s did some great business in the transfer window and none much better than Julián Fernández at the base of midfield. The 24-year-old scored the second to wrap up the win over Aldosivi but six tackles and two interceptions there was far more to his performance.
Nacho Fernández || River Plate
Aside from seeing his late penalty saved by Lucas Hoyos it was an otherwise terrific performance from Nacho Fernández, the midfielder who Juan Román Riquelme described as the best player in Argentina earlier in the week. A goal and another shot that thundered against the crossbar, Nacho came so close to leading River to victory.
Denis Rodríguez || Newell’s Old Boys
Denis Rodríguez is making the most of his opportunity in the Newell’s starting eleven and during Sunday’s win over Aldosivi the 23-year-old made four key passes. Were it not for injury to Mauro Formica, Denis may well have been making do with a place on the bench yet Newell’s don’t appear to have suffered too much and sit up in fifth.
Carlos Auzqui || Lanús
A third goal of the season already, Carlos Auzqui is proving to be a great addition to Lanús’ attack. The 28-year-old also won a penalty and made two key passes and three dribbles to play a key part in the win over Colón.
Santiago Silva || Argentinos Juniors
Not the most fashionable of number nines, Santiago Silva is still proving useful in the Superliga and on Friday was instrumental to Argentinos Juniors’ win. El Tanque’s late goal capped off the victory but it was Silva’s all-round game and ability to play with his back to goal that was so important.
David Barbona || Racing Club
One missed chance when the game was still goalless aside, David Barbona was excellent in Racing’s win over Arsenal. It was the recent signings corner delivery that led to both goals and they were just two of eight key passes delivered by Barbona.
Goal of the week
a) Nacho Fernández – RIVER PLATE v Vélez
b) Nicolás Giménez – Racing v ARSENAL
c) Sebastián Palacios – Atlético Tucumán v INDEPENDIENTE
d) Jerónimo Cacciabue – NEWELL’S v Aldosivi
e) Rodrigo Gómez – Defensa y Justicia v HURACÁN