Boca Juniors went three points clear at the top, River Plate followed up their Superclásico win with a league victory at the Monumental, Central Córdoba shocked San Lorenzo and Diego Maradona picked up his first win as Gimnasia boss.
With twelve matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round nine, 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.
It wasn’t his most influential performance but Alan Aguerre had to be alert and with another clean sheet earned a sub-par Newell’s a point against Banfield. Without the plaudits of Andrada or Armani, Aguerre has established himself as one of the Superliga’s most consistent goalkeepers over the past year or so.
Yeimar Gómez Andrade || Unión
Whenever Unión secure victory it seems to coincide with Yeimar Gómez Andrade being on form. El Tatangue kept a clean sheet to win the Clásico Santafesino and the Colombian was at the heart of that with seven clearances, two tackles (100%) and one interception.
Lautaro Gianetti || Vélez Sarsfield
It is testament to Lautaro Gianetti’s ability that the 25-year-old has come back from a serious knee injury to captain a Vélez side full of potential leaders. Gianetti was superb against Independiente and at this level it is only a matter of time before Lionel Scaloni takes a closer look for Argentina. A good reader of the game, a decent burst of pace and comfortable on the ball, Gianetti’s goal-line clearance paved the way for Vélez’s victory.
Matías Caruzzo || Rosario Central
A fine header earned Rosario Central yet another draw which doesn’t do much to help their situation near the foot of the promedio but does keep their unbeaten record intact. Matías Caruzzo was solid defensively, comfortable on the ball and the leader that Central needed.
Víctor Ayala || Gimnasia
Two stunning free-kicks paved the way for Gimnasia’s vital win over Godoy Cruz in Mendoza and with his all-action midfield display, Víctor Ayala is quickly becoming Diego Maradona’s on-field general.
Agustín Almendra || Boca Juniors
Boca held on for another narrow win to go three points clear at the top of the table and this week’s victory over Defensa y Justicia came thanks to Agustín Almendra’s first half goal. The 19-year-old was industrious in the centre of midfield and burst forward to score the only goal of the game.
Juan Brunetta || Godoy Cruz
Despite ending up on the losing side Juan Brunetta produced his best performance in a Godoy Cruz shirt. The former Belgrano youngster took his two goals superbly and were it not for his side’s defensive indiscipline perhaps they would have been more than just consolations.
Matías García || Gimnasia
It has become quickly apparent that Matías García is a vital part of Maradona’s Gimnasia. The midfielder’s late goal on Saturday might have been just the icing on the cake in a 4-2 victory but García was instrumental prior to that, making six tackles and two interceptions.
Player of the week Lisandro Alzugaray || Central Córdoba
With two goals and an assist, Lisandro Alzugaray was the key man in Central Córdoba’s famous win over San Lorenzo on Saturday. The hosts being reduced to ten men during the first half certainly made things easier but Alzugaray’s pace on the counter proved too much once the game was stretched and the 29-year-old took his goals brilliantly.
Rafael Santos Borré || River Plate
Not always the most clinical in front of goal, Rafael Santos Borré is now the Superliga’s leading scorer after his brace on Sunday took his season tally to five. Even when not scoring the Colombian plays an important role for Marcelo Gallardo but he took his goals well against Aldosivi to hand River three points at the Monumental.
Jonathan Herrera || Central Córdoba
With the run in behind that led to Gianluca Ferrari’s red card and the opening goal soon after, Jonathan Herrera was the catalyst behind Central Córdoba’s win over San Lorenzo. Two assists late on wrapped up the win and have given the club a lift in their survival hopes.