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….
Matías Vega || Aldosivi
There was nothing Matías Vega could do to prevent Leonardo Gil’s free kick nestling in the back of the net but Aldosivi were still indebted to their 30-year-old goalkeeper for a valuable 2-1 victory. Vega made seven saves and five successful claims from balls into the box to record a league high for the week.
Víctor Salazar || Rosario Central
It hasn’t been the easiest start to the season for young Víctor Salazar following his red card against Vélez earlier but his return to form in Saturday’s thrashing of Arsenal served as a reminder of just what a talent the 23-year-old is. Full of running and always eager to join the attack Salazar also fulfilled his defensive duties and posted an impressive 91% pass completion rate.
Emanuel Olivera || Colón
The Vélez youth product has had to go through the lower leagues with Almirante Brown and Boca Unidos before making his mark in the Primera with Colón but under the guidance of Paolo Montero, the 26-year-old is certainly looking the part. Olivera headed the only goal of the game in the win over Defensa y Justicia but importantly has played a vital role in El Sabalero not yet conceding a goal in the league.
Víctor Cuesta || Independiente
Independiente haven’t the best of weeks following Copa Sudamericana elimination but El Rojo needed their captain to record a morale-boosting win away to Sarmiento on Sunday. The 27-year-old was strong in the tackle and aware to any danger to ensure that Independiente kept the clean sheet that was needed. Four tackles and five interceptions give only a glimpse of Cuesta’s importance to Gabi Milito.
Emmanuel Mas || San Lorenzo
Prior to flying off to Peru as past of Edgardo Bauza’s Argentina squad, Emmanuel Mas played a vital role in San Lorenzo’s win over Atlético de Rafaela. The 27-year-old made five tackles during his accomplished defensive work and as always Mas pushed forward with great effect. His incisive run and astute cut back left Nicolás Blandi with what will be one of his easiest goals this season.
José Luis Fernández || Rosario Central
Fernández’s precise penalty was perhaps just reward for an excellent overall performance in Central’s midfield engine room. The 28-year-old was a bustling presence winning back possession on four occasions but more importantly moving the ball forward swiftly. Three successful dribbles and an 81% pass completion rate helped feed Central’s attack.
Emanuel Cecchini || Banfield
The loss of the talented Ivan Rossi to River Plate in the close season appeared a real blow to Banfield but 19-year-old Emanuel Cecchini gave reasons to be cheerful with a wonderful performance in the midfield during Sunday’s win over San Martín. Battling away alongside Juan Manuel Cobo, Cecchini made four tackles and importantly pushed forward to support the attack. His reward being the winner as El Taladro completed a remarkable comeback from two-down.
Fernando Belluschi || San Lorenzo
Since returning to Argentine football from Cruz Azul, Fernando Belluschi has still looked every inch the classy central midfielder that saw him leave River Plate for Olympiakos in 2007. On Saturday it took just 13 seconds for Belluschi to rifle San Lorenzo ahead from 30 yards but his overall game was central to everything good that Diego Aguirre’s side did. Four tackles demonstrate his impressive work rate but it is his incisive passing that really mark him out.
Lisandro López || Racing Club
The importance of Lisandro López to Racing in the post-Milito era cannot be understated and after his impressive return last week against Vélez, the veteran striker was the match winner once more on Saturday. Patronato had successfully frustrated La Academia for the first half but shortly after the break, Licha broke their resolve with a stunning acrobatic volley. The 33-year-old played a vital role in the second goal too but it his overall contribution to Racing in the final third and his link-up play that is invaluable.
Marco Ruben || Rosario Central
It had been a frustrating start to the season for Marco Ruben with a series of uncharacteristic missed chances in earlier matches but on Saturday the 29-year-old was back to his usual sharpness. An early penalty settled any nerves before he finished off a swift counter attack in the second half. The captain is so important to El Canalla and if Ruben does rediscover his form expect Central’s results to rapidly improve.
Player of the week
Sebastián Driussi || River Plate
It wasn’t abundantly clear if Sebastián Driussi had a future at River Plate having spent the past couple of years flitting in and out of the side and invariably being asked to play wide on the left. However, having bided his time the 20-year-old is now beginning to fulfil some of the promise he displayed as a teenager coming up through River’s youth ranks. Marcelo Gallardo has had him watching videos of Luis Suárez to learn his craft and Saturday’s brace against Vélez made if five goals in five matches for the youngster. A tireless worker, with a burst of pace, clever movement and a good finisher Driussi is rapidly growing into the role and River are reaping the rewards.