A little game in Lima involving River Plate took much of the attention this weekend but there was still plenty of Superliga action taking place over the past few days. In the absence of River or Independiente (their game to be played in January), Boca Juniors and Argentinos Juniors moved clear at the top of the table with victories over Unión and Newell’s respectively.
Lanús, Atlético Tucumán and Racing Club all lost ground in the chasing pack behind the leaders and there were no shortage of goals – San Lorenzo denied Atlético in a 2-2 draw while Racing twice threw away leads in a six-goal thriller with Talleres.
And the goals flowed in the relegation battle too. Rosario Central putting five past rivals Aldosivi and Colón coming from behind to beat Estudiantes 3-2. Aldosivi’s defeat along with Patronato’s loss to Godoy Cruz and Diego Maradona’s Gimnasia slipping up against Arsenal leaving the bottom three in severe danger.
With eleven matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round fourteen, 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.
The worst defence in the league, Godoy Cruz are not accustomed to keeping clean sheets yet 22-year-old Juan Bolado came into the side and made six saves as El Tomba won 2-0 away to Patronato.
Julio González || Defensa y Justicia
Five tackles (100%), six clearances and two interceptions are evidence of Julio González’s sterling defensive work but the Paraguayan also got forward effectively with the ball – 94% pass completion and two key passes illustrate this.
Juan Rodríguez || Defensa y Justicia
Having flicked the ball on for Rafael Delgado to open the scoring, Juan Rodríguez had an impact at the more unfamiliar end of the pitch but 25-year-old was also excellent in his usual duties. Ten clearances and three interceptions helped Defensa y Justicia keep a clean sheet and defeat Lanús.
Miguel Jacquet || Godoy Cruz
There have been few occasions to look at Godoy Cruz when selecting defenders for Team of the week yet Miguel Jacquet deserves recognition for his ten clearances and four interceptions during El Tomba’s rare clean sheet victory in Paraná.
Rafael Delgado || Defensa y Justicia
Rafael Delgado perhaps couldn’t miss when he stooped to head in Defensa y Justicia’s opening goal against Lanús but there was far more to the left-back’s game. Always eager to get forward Delgado provided plenty of width yet also won possession eight times and made three clearances.
Alexis Castro || Defensa y Justicia
San Lorenzo never really saw what all the fuss was about yet since moving to Defensa y Justicia, Alexis Castro is finding something close to his form at Tigre when he looked an exciting prospect. The 25-year-old’s goal was simple but with five completed dribbles, three key passes and six tackles (100%) it was a terrific midfield display.
Gastón Fernández || Estudiantes
Despite ending up on the losing side, Gastón Fernández put in a great performance for Estudiantes in their 3-2 defeat away to Colón. Playing in Edwar López for the equaliser and smartly taking the second, the 36-year-old has found some decent form during El Pincha’s improved run of results.
Emanuel Reynoso || Boca Juniors
Not always the most valued player at Boca Juniors yet Emanuel Reynoso shows flashes of his talent. The 24-year-old crossed for Ramón Ábila’s opener but was excellent with the ball, making three key passes, and carries it well too, completing six dribbles in his effort to push Boca forward.
Franco Fragapane || Talleres
The defending from both sides was awful but Franco Fragapane took advantage against Racing to help Talleres to a point. A superb run down the left created the first for Nahuel Bustos and with seven key passes, the former Unión winger was a constant threat.
Player of the week Luis Rodríguez || Colón
The penalty miss in the Copa Sudamericana final no doubt still hurts but Luis Rodríguez just his importance to Colón once more in the come-from-behind win over Estudiantes. A superb free-kick, a well taken second and then an assist for the winner, the flea was the inspiration for an important three points.
Juan Brunetta || Godoy Cruz
Still only 22, there is still time for Juan Brunetta to be the player that many tipped him to be coming through at Arsenal. Two wonderfully taken goals earned Godoy Cruz victory over Patronato and in the absence of Santiago García, El Tomba badly needed that.