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….
Player of the week
Luciano Pocrnjic || Newell’s Old Boys
There was nothing pretty about the clásico Rosarino on Sunday but Newell’s claiming a first win in eight years was thanks in part due to the fine work of Luciano Pocrnjic. The 35-year-old has been outstanding this season and a reason behind La Lepra’s impressive defensive record (two conceded in seven). His double save to deny Central was a key moment in the clásico.
Facundo Sánchez || Estudiantes
One of the main reasons behind Estudiantes’ wonderful start to the season and why they sit top of the table is their excellent defence and while El Pincha may have conceded their third goal on Sunday, victory over San Lorenzo displayed real quality. Facundo Sánchez was superb defensively but also added width to the attack and completed an impressive 92% of his passes.
Érik Godoy || Tigre
Versatile defender Érik Godoy has been an important squad player for Tigre over the past couple of seasons but is now not only realising his potential but playing an important part in the centre of Pedro Troglio’s defence. The 23-year-old scored the vital equaliser against Unión to galvanise El Matador but was also solid at the back.
Renzo Vera || Patronato
After a woeful start to the season Patronato have now won back-to-back and in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Colón, El Patrón were made to work very hard. Outplayed for much of the 90 minutes the visitors relied on their defence to see out the win and 33-year-old Renzo Vera was the pick of the bunch. Five tackles and 100% of his aerial challenges won, the experienced centre back was vital to the three points.
Lucas Licht || Gimnasia
He might be coming towards the end of his career but 35-year-old Lucas Licht is still an excellent full-back. Solid defensively (two tackles against Huracán on Saturday) Licht loves bombing forward and provides a real outlet for Gustavo Alfaro’s side down the left. There was little between the sides in La Plata but when El Lobo has a chance from the penalty spot, Licht was there to tuck it away.
Santiago Ascacibar || Estudiantes
Estudiantes need to make the most of Santiago Ascacibar while he remains in La Plata because the 19-year-old has established himself as the best number fives in the Primera and is destined for big things. A talented ball winner, Ascacibar kept San Lorenzo’s danger-man Fernando Belluschi relatively quiet and as always played the role of unsung hero in El Pincha’s top of the table clash victory.
Alexís Castro || Tigre
Lucas Janson’s knee injury was dreadful news for Tigre but it has meant that 22-year-old Alexís Castro has started the last two matches and in both the academy product has excelled. A wonderful free-kick and man of the match against Olimpo last weekend and on Sunday in the win over Unión, another all action performance. Five tackles won displaying his combative nature but with three successful dribbles and an eye for a pass, the youngster contributes to the attack too.
Israel Damonte || Estudiantes
Such a wonderful foil to Ascacibar in the centre of Estudiantes’ midfield, Israel Damonte has returned from his brief injury layoff in fine form. A goal last weekend against Rosario Central and on Saturday the vital winner away to San Lorenzo, the 34-year-old is playing some of the best football of his career.
Sebastián Blanco || San Lorenzo
Sebastián Blanco may have ended up on the losing side against Estudiantes but was full of menace all afternoon and scored a beautifully taken goal to bring Los Cuervos level. The 28-year-old completed five dribbles and kept the visitors’ defence occupied for 90 minutes.
Cristian Pavón || Boca Juniors
Boca were pretty dire in their 2-2 draw away to Atlético Tucumán but Cristian Pavón’s stock continues to rise. Rodrigo Bentancur is the one who has just sealed a multi-million dollar move to Juventus but it was Pavón that looked the part, with two well taken goals. The 20-year-old’s lightening pace caused problems all evening just as it has done in almost every game this season.
Jonathan Menéndez || Talleres
A large factor behind Talleres winning back-to-back matches has been Frank Kudelka’s decision to bring Jonathan Menéndez into the starting eleven. The 22-year-old has always been a player of enormous potential but is now benefiting from regular games. Man of the match and a goal last weekend and against Defensa y Justicia on Saturday another performance full of pace and trickery that resulted in another goal and an assist.