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….
Jorge Broun || Colón
A fourth clean sheet of the season for Jorge Broun as Colón continue to be a tough side to break down. Much of that goes to Paolo Montero’s defensive organisation but in round four, no goalkeeper made more saves or claims (5 saves – 6 claims) from crosses than the former Rosario Central stopper.
Gino Peruzzi || Boca Juniors
There are always great expectations from Gino Peruzzi and despite not reaching the levels that many tipped him for as a youngster at Vélez, the 24-year-old is still demonstrating his talents as a full-back. A willing attacker, Peruzzi laid on Darío Benedetto’s opening goal against Quilmes but with four tackles and a couple of headed clearances, his defensive work was also evident when required.
Germán Conti || Colón
Another week, another clean sheet and another place in the team of the week for Germán Conti. The 22-year-old at six feet four inches tall is dominant in the air and only Néstor Moiraghi has averaged more clearances per match.
Jonathan Schunke || Estudiantes
At the heart of Estudiantes’ excellent defence is big Jonathan Schunke and on Sunday not only did El Pincha maintain their 100% start to the season but once more they kept a clean sheet and Schunke headed the opening goal in a routine win over Temperley. The 29-year-old is the on-field leader in Nelson Vivás’ back four and a key factor in their form.
Guillermo Cosaro || Sarmiento
Guillermo Cosaro is already proving to be an astute bit of business for Sarmiento as the 27-year-old defender has slotted in at left back and helped provide a solid foundation for Gabriel Schurrer’s side. In the goalless draw with Huracán, Cosaro won four aerial challenges and has won back possession on average eight times per match this season. The back four is currently giving El Verde a chance at avoiding relegation but the attack needs to start finding the back of the net.
Sebastián Pérez || Boca Juniors
As debuts go, Sebastián Pérez’s at La Bombonera on Sunday was sensational. The 23-year-old was vital to Atlético Nacional lifting the Copa Libertadores only a few months ago so his signing for Boca was something of a coup. However, the Colombian immediately made an impact against Quilmes and tied everything together in central midfield. No player had more touches (108) or completed more passes (87) than Pérez and with a 90% success rate, it’s a very promising start.
Marcos Acuña || Racing Club
The early contender for player of the season is without question Marcos Acuña and on Saturday afternoon the 24-year-old was in outrageous form. Two further goals to his season tally and a wonderfully weighted assist for Lisandro López meant La Academia had Vélez beaten within the opening 45 minutes. A constant threat, full of pace and trickery it is little surprise that there are some wondering why Edgardo Bauza is not taking a closer look.
Mauro Formica || Newell’s Old Boys
The start to the season that Newell’s have made comes as something of a surprise but something that has been crucial is the rediscovery of form from their experienced attack. Ignacio Scocco is back in the goals, Maxi Rodríguez is a buzzing presence off the left but piecing all this together is Mauro Formica. The former Blackburn Rovers midfielder tormented Atlético Tucumán on Saturday with his dribbling and passing in the final third and his headed goal was just reward.
Augusto Solari || Estudiantes
Nelson Vivás’s Estudiantes are all about their shape and discipline and so when attacking the two most important figures are Carlos Auzqui and Augusto Solari. Once again on Sunday both were excellent but Solari’s goal and assist were vital to the victory over Temperley. The 24-year-old, cousin of former Real Madrid midfielder Santiago is in fine form and his six completed dribbles at the weekend provided El Pincha with much of their creativity and threat.
Lisandro López || Racing Club
You only need to compare Racing’s performance against Defensa y Justicia last weekend with their victory over Vélez on Saturday to see what a difference Lisandro López makes. Just as Diego Milito boosted La Academia when he returned home, Licha is now providing the same service. The 33-year-old took his goal superbly but his all-round play sees those around him lift their game.
Player of the week
Darío Benedetto || Boca Juniors
There were already murmerings among Boca supporters that the club had overspent on bringing in Darío Benedetto and that the 26-year-old was not the number nine that was needed but on Sunday evening, the former Club América striker made them eat those words in a blistering 25 minute spell. A superb hat-trick and a delightful back-heel assist had Quilmes beaten midway through the first half and with his confidence never higher, Benedetto must now carry this form on.