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

The final round of Superliga action for 2019 is in the books and once more those vying for the title took it in turns to drop points. Argentinos Juniors will lead the way into 2020 but only by a solitary point after a draw with Estudiantes in La Paternal.

The opportunity to take a three-point advantage came about after Boca Juniors slipped to a 1-0 defeat away to Rosario Central and River Plate were also frustrated at the Monumental, where Adolfo Gaich snatched a remarkable win for San Lorenzo.

Lanús jumped to within a point of the leaders with a win over Racing Club and Vélez climbed into fourth with victory in Paraná.

And while things at the top are increasingly congested, the relegation battle also got a little more intriguing. The bottom three remain the same but Diego Maradona’s Gimnasia beat Central Córdoba and Aldosivi won in Santa Fe against Colón.

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

To catch up with previous Teams of the week….

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Player of the week
Sebastián Torrico  ||  San Lorenzo

San Torrico is already a San Lorenzo icon but on Sunday evening produced another classic performance to help Los Cuervos to a surprise 1-0 win over River Plate. The home side threw everything at San Lorenzo and the 39-year-old stood firm, saving a penalty from Rafael Santos Borré to keep the clean sheet that earned victory.

Fernando Torrent  ||  Arsenal

Arsenal have kept well away from the relegation battle this season and another win over Huracán wrapped up a fine 2019 for Sergio Rondina’s side. Fernando Torrent was excellent at right-back, winning possession five times but bombing forward to help on the attack.

Luciano Lollo  ||  Banfield

For a former Racing captain returning to Avellaneda to frustrate Independiente is a sweet moment so Luciano Lollo will have enjoyed not only playing his part in keeping out El Rojo (11 clearances) but his winning goal in Banfield’s victory.

Héctor Martínez  ||  Defensa y Justicia

It’s been a difficult start of the season for Defensa y Justicia but El Halcón have begun to turn things around and youngster Héctor Martínez has impressed on loan from River Plate. The 21-year-old scored his first goal in a 2-0 win over Godoy Cruz and will be eager for more playing time in 2020.

Enzo Díaz  ||  Talleres

Talleres would have wanted three points from the visit of Unión yet in keeping a clean sheet in a goalless draw, there were some positive performances defensively. Enzo Díaz at left-back made six tackles (100%), two interceptions and three clearances in addition to having a 92% pass completion rate.

Leonardo Gil  ||  Rosario Central

Rosario Central had to hang on in the end but picked up an important win over Boca Juniors on Sunday. Central to that was Leonardo Gil in central midfield, who kept possession well (91% pass completion) and tried to create chances with four key passes.

Rodrigo Gómez  ||  Huracán

Huracán’s form is absolutely woeful and El Globo can’t buy a goal yet Rodrigo Gómez has still proved a useful addition to the team. In the defeat to Arsenal at the weekend, Droopy completed six dribbles and his excellent set-pieces helped contribute six key passes.

Juan Ignacio Cavallaro  ||  Unión

There was no way past Talleres for Unión in Saturday’s goalless draw yet Juan Ignacio Cavallaro still produced a good display. Out on the left, the 25-year-old made three key passes and was trying to influence the game positively.

Marcelino Moreno  ||  Lanús

Invariably when Lanús have played well in recent months, it has coincided with Marcelino Moreno taking centre stage. The 25-year-old was everywhere in the win over Racing, winning possession five times, completing six dribbles and making four key passes.

Juan Manuel García  ||  Arsenal

A goal and an assist in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Huracán in Parque Patricios, no one could question Juan Manuel García’s contribution to the Viaducto’s latest victory.

Leandro Contín  ||  Gimnasia

Defeat to Central Córdoba in La Plata would have been disastrous to Gimnasia’s survival hopes and after falling behind Diego Maradona needed goals. The iconic manager found them in Leandro Contín as the 24-year-old’s brace earned El Lobo a huge three points.

Goal of the week

Adolfo Gaich – River Plate v SAN LORENZO