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 six 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….
Josué Ayala || Atlético Tucumán
Independiente were far from their best on Saturday evening but Atlético Tucumán still needed to defend resolutely and rely on a strong performance by Josué Ayala in goal. With Cristian Luchetti out, it was a first start of the season for the former Boca Juniors goalkeeper and with a couple of important saves and a number of good claims, the 28-year-old didn’t disappoint.
José Luis Gómez || Lanús
Without question the oustanding full-back from last season, José Luis Gómez was central to Lanús winning the title and after a slow start to their defence, El Granate produced by far their best performance in the win over Godoy Cruz. The 23-year-old was at his bustling best, bursting forward down the right at every opportunity but fulfilling his defensive duties well.
Cristian Lema || Belgrano
Belgrano’s goalless draw with Aldosivi wasn’t a classic but much of that is was a result of the defensive performance of Cristian Lema. The 26-year-old made five successful aerial challenges and five tackles during a display that snuffed out any of the visitor’s threat.
Oliver Benítez || Tigre
Olimpo centre forward Fernando Coniglio gave Godoy Cruz, the previous team to visit Bahía Blanca, all manner of problems but was well marshalled by Tigre’s back four. Oliver Benítez was perhaps the pick and capped off his performance with an outstanding free kick in the 95th minute.
Lucas Márquez || Patronato
For a player to have come up through the lower leagues with one club, Lucas Márquez completed what for many is the stuff of dreams when he headed the winning goal against River Plate. Quite what the 27-year-old was doing in that position in the 90th minute is anyone’s guess but he stuck to his task well throughout the game and frustrated Marcelo Gallardo’s side.
Gabriel Gudiño || Atlético de Rafaela
In the thick of a relegation battle, Atlético de Rafaela need wins and although most wouldn’t have predicted one would come against Racing, in large part thanks to Gabriel Gudiño, La Crema managed just that. The 24-year-old scored the opener and notched an assist as the home side overturned Racing’s lead. However, with six tackles too, Gudiño put in an important shift at both ends.
Román Martínez || Lanús
Another Lanús back to his very best was Román Martínez, who helped the champions thoroughly control the midfield against Godoy Cruz. 97 passes at a completed rate of 96%, the 33-year-old was the fulcrum to El Granate’s win and got himself on the scoresheet when smartly finishing off a wonderful passing move.
Franco Mussis || San Lorenzo
San Lorenzo are rapidly looking like the team to beat in the Primera and while some of their attacking players hog the limelight, Franco Mussis is in the shadow doing the ugly stuff. The 24-year-old excelled in breaking up the play in the win over Arsenal with ten tackles but also made 115 passes (85% completion) and his ease with the ball provides the foundation for Los Cuervos.
Ricardo Centurión || Boca Juniors
Destined it appeared not to live up to his wonderkid tag from his days at Racing, Ricardo Centurión is enjoying his football again and on Sunday the 23-year-old was superb in Boca Juniors’ win over Sarmiento. Scorer of the opening goal but also a constant threat down the left with too much pace and trickery for the visitors to handle.
Sebastián Rincón || Tigre
The knee injury to Lucas Janson came as a major blow to Tigre but Sebastián Rincón stepped up in Bahía Blanca and gave Pedro Troglio’s side the pace and and cutting edge that was required. The 22-year-old Colombian, son of the famous Freddy Rincón, created the opener and scored the third but was a constant threat to the Olimpo defence.
Player of the week
Martín Cauteruccio || San Lorenzo
Nicolás Blandi has rightly been San Lorenzo’s first choice centre forward over the past year but Martín Cauteruccio gave Diego Aguirre a nice headache to have with an outstanding hat-trick in the win over Arsenal on Sunday. The first showed exquisite footwork to fashion the chance but all three were instinctive and powerful finishes.