Team of the week returns after another full round of Primera fixtures. Fifteen matches to choose from so here are the eleven that impressed from round two along with our Player of the round. All stats come courtesy of WhoScored.com, who also provide previews and live in-play match stats for all Primera matches. Feel free to disagree and leave a comment suggesting who you thought should have made it….
Luciano Pocrnjic || Newell’s Old Boys
Another outstanding display by La Lepra’s 35-year-old goalkeeper against Tigre was rewarded with a second clean sheet of the season. Pocrnjic’s early season form is a key factor in why Diego Osella’s side ara among the six teams that still have a 100% record. On Saturday Lucho made five saves but importantly stopped Diego Morales’ penalty when the scores were still level.
Gastón Díaz || Racing Club
The former Vélez and Gimnasia defender is probably not Racing’s long-term solution at right back but on Saturday, Gastón Díaz played an important role in La Academia picking up an important three points from a potentially tricky away trip against San Martín. Five tackles showed his defensive side but the 28-year-old got forward well to score Racing’s second and put the game to bed.
Arturo Mina || River Plate
The lanky defender became the first Ecuadorian to score for River Plate when he blasted in the winner against Talleres from close range but the 25-year-old was defensively sound as well. Quick over the ground and strong in the tackle, Mina was also able to repel any aeriel threats with three headed clearances.
Lautaro Gianetti || Vélez Sarsfield
After a pretty abject display in their defeat to Gimnasia, there wasn’t much hope for Vélez against Rosario Central but Lautaro Gianetti kept Marco Ruben well shackled and it provided the platform for a fantastic victory. The 22-year-old Olympic squad member is one for the future but is an important part of El Fortín’s present.
Player of the week
Frank Fabra || Boca Juniors
Fabra was decent despite suffering defeat to Lanús two weeks ago but the Colombian was sensational against Belgrano on Sunday. His late goal on the counter was straight-forward enough but typified his energetic display in bursting into the opposition at speed. A 96% pass accuracy shows how much he integrates into the team and the 25-year-old is providing Boca with real edge down the left.
Adrián Cubas || Boca Juniors
Much has been expected of Adrián Cubas for a long time now but on Sunday alongside Pablo Pérez in the Boca engine room, the 20-year-old gave a clear reminder. With seven tackles, Cubitas was central to Boca’s ball recovery but his passing was also efficient (86%) and served as the fulcrum for many of the home side’s attacks.
Marcos Acuña || Racing Club
Acuña was linked with a move away from Avellaneda during the transfer window but thankfully for Racing, the 24-year-old remained and has started the season in sensational form. A goal and an assist were decisive in La Academia earning three points but it is Acuña’s industry that makes him so valuable. Five tackles in addition to readily joining the attack to Gustavo Bou have made him invaluable to Ricardo Zielinski.
Lucas Villalba || Atlético Tucumán
With no room in the Independiente side, Lucas Villalba departed for Atlético Tucumán in search of first team football and it has proven to be a wonderful move for both parties. The 22-year-old recovered possession on six occasions but importantly created two of the three goals in the vital victory away to Arsenal with his excellent delivery.
Cristián Pavón || Boca Juniors
Another of Boca’s talented youngster impressing this season, Cristián Pavón is looking increasingly at home in Guillermo Barros Schelotto starting eleven and supporters in La Bombonera are rightly excited. The 20-year-old’s dazzling free kick in the win over Belgrano was reminiscent of Juan Román Riquelme but his pace on the right provides a real outlet for the team.
Mariano Pavone || Vélez Sarsfield
If Vélez are to enjoy any success one feels that Mariano Pavone will be central to that and on Saturday afternoon the veteran striker displayed all his predatory instincts to give the home side victory over Rosario Central. Both may have been relatively straight forward finishes but Maxi Romero’s cross for the second made the goal deceptively difficult.
Franco Niell || Gimnasia
Franco Niell has started the season in great form and for the second week running the 33-year-old has popped up with goal to ensure Gimnasia’s 100% start to the season goes on. An intelligent runner, Niell finds pockets of space and despite being the smallest man on the pitch is a regular scorer with his head.