Team & Goal of the week: Superliga 2019/20 Round Twelve

It’s all getting tight at the top as Argentinos Juniors’ draw and Lanús’ late win sees the two clubs neck and neck at the top with Boca Juniors and River Plate only a point behind after weekend wins.

Meanwhile the big game of the weekend saw Estudiantes win the Clásico Platense and it leaves Diego Maradona’s Gimnasia in a dire situation.

With twelve matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round ten, 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.

To catch up with previous Teams of the week….

Week 1 – Week 2 – Week 3 – Week 4 – Week 5 – Week 6 – Week 7 – Week 8 – Week 9 – Week 10Week 11

Team of the week - Football tactics and formations

Matías Ibañez  ||  Patronato

A point against the defending champions is probably a point gained for Patronato in their situation. Matías Ibañez made five saves during the 1-1 draw including a late one-on-one to deny Lisandro López a winner for Racing.

Nahuel Tenaglia  ||  Talleres

With seven tackles and nine interceptions, Nahuel Tenaglia produced a terrific defensive display at right-back in Talleres’ 1-0 win over Newell’s Old Boys.

Héctor Martínez  ||  Defensa y Justicia

Defensa y Justicia are no strangers to useful loanees pitching up in Florencio Varela and River Plate defender Héctor Martínez might be the latest. The 21-year-old was excellent in the air and made five tackles (100%) as El Halcón ended goalless with Argentinos Juniors.

Luis Abram  ||  Vélez Sarsfield

Switching to a back three, Luis Abram again proved his value to Vélez in helping the side to a clean sheet in Santiago del Estero. Strong in the air the Peruvian was excellent with the ball at his feet and completed 95% of his passes.

Frank Fabra  ||  Boca Juniors

Were it not for a serious knee injury Frank Fabra may well have left Boca over a year ago but the Colombian has had to fight his way back to fitness and into the team. Two goals bursting forward from left-back against Arsenal reminded everyone just how good Fabra was prior to that long lay off.

Fabián Rinaudo  ||  Rosario Central

Without a win in nine, Rosario Central needed a performance and they go that against Godoy Cruz. Fabián Rinaudo bossed the midfield winning possession five times and capped it with a fine goal in the 5-2 win.

Nicolás De La Cruz  ||  River Plate

2019 really has been the year that Nicolás De La Cruz has come of age. A goal and an assist in River Plate’s win over Aldosivi, the 22-year-old thrives in Marcelo Gallardo’s fluid formation and bombs forward to join attack with real menace.

Jesús Dátolo  ||  Banfield

Banfield have struggled for goals and as a result find themselves in the relegation battle yet even when Jesús Dátolo scored twice, El Taladro couldn’t beat Unión. The 35-year-old will need to keep it up if Banfield are to climb out of trouble.

Exequiel Palacios  ||  River Plate

Another tremendous all-round midfield display from Exequiel Palacios as the 21-year-old looks increasingly likely to make that leap to Europe. Four key passes, five dribbles, five tackles (100%) and one interception, Palacios was everywhere in River’s win over Aldosivi.

Gabriel Carabajal  ||  Unión

After putting Unión 3-1 up on the hour mark from the penalty spot, Gabriel Carabajal would have hoped it would result in three points. Banfield instead earned a draw but Carabajal was excellent with one assist and six key passes to go with his goal.

Player of the week
Silvio Romero  ||  Independiente

It has taken a while but Independiente are finally seeing something close to Silvio Romero’s best and just as well for El Rojo. Another brace took the 31-year-old’s tally to seven in eight for the season, more than half Independiente’s total, and put Romero at the top of the scoring charts

Goal of the week

a) Mateo Retegui – Gimnasia v ESTUDIANTES

b) Carlos Tevez – BOCA JUNIORS v Arsenal

c) Martín Payero – TALLERES v Newell’s