Primera team of the week: Round eight


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, 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….

Team of the week - Football tactics and formations

Sebastián Bértoli  ||  Patronato

The 39-year-old missed the start of the season as Patronato floundered but after returning to first team action, Patronato have won three of the four matches Sebastián Bértoli has started. Against Banfield on Friday, the veteran keeper made six saves and was important in the home side keeping only a second clean sheet of the campaign.

Gino Peruzzi  ||  Boca Juniors

Another solid performance from Gino Peruzzi at right back for Boca as the 24-year-old burst forward to open the scoring against Temperley but also went about his defensive duties with confidence.

Germán Conti  ||  Colón

Colón’s early season success had begun to tail off in recent weeks but El Sabalero returned to winning ways with a valuable win away to Atlético de Rafaela and once more Germán Conti was at the centre. The 22-year-old’s powerful header gave the visitors the lead but more importantly the lanky defender helped Paolo Montero’s side to yet another clean sheet.

Juan Cruz Komar  ||  Talleres

It’s a disappointment for any young Boca Juniors academy product to leave La Bombonera but it may prove to be the making of 20-year-old defender Juan Cruz Komar. In the win over Vélez, Komar won 100% of his aerial challenges and his tackles, in addition to making five clearances and three interceptions.

Matías Aguirregaray  ||  Estudiantes

Nelson Vivas has two excellent options at left back and while Lucas Diarte has got the nod more often than not this season, Matías Aguirregaray was superb in Estudiantes’ win over Racing. The Uruguayan provided real width and completed four dribbles in addition to some dangerous balls into the penalty area.


Player of the week
Santiago Ascacibar  ||  Estudiantes

Virtually an ever-present in this side now, Santiago Ascacibar has firmly established himself as the Primera’s outstading ball winner. The 19-year-old was vital in shutting out Racing’s Óscar Romero but it isn’t only his tenacious tackling that catches the eye; Ascacibar is comfortable on the ball and efficient in possession. Edgardo Bauza was in the stands in La Plata and it’s surely a matter of time before El Ruso is playing in Europe and for La Albiceleste.

Rodrigo Bentancur  ||  Boca Juniors

Many people questioned Juventus paying an initial €7.5 million for Rodrigo Bentancur after his performance last weekend against Atlético Tucuman and while his display in the win over Temperley doesn’t justify it, there was the glimpse of the talent that justified the Serie A champions’ risk. The 19-year-old produced an all-round midfield performance with three tackles, two successful dribbles and a nice array of passing to drive Boca forward.

Marcos Acuña  ||  Racing Club

Racing may have ended up losing in La Plata but if there was one player that looked likely to prevent that it was Argentina’s most recent addition, Marcos Acuña. El Huevo’s free kick gave La Academia the lead but his workrate was impressive all evening – completing 84 passes but also making three tackles.

Carlos Tevez  ||  Boca Juniors

Edgardo Bauza has said this week that Carlos Tevez is still in his thoughts for the Argentina squad and while that might be too late for the 32-year-old, the former Juventus forward was excellent in Boca’s 4-0 win over Temperley. Operating in his deeper number ten role, Tevez pulled the strings and his incisive passing created the opening two goals.

Jonathan Menéndez  ||  Talleres

For a second week running, Jonathan Menéndez makes it into the team of the week after another goal scoring contribution to a Talleres victory at the weekend. The 22-year-old’s directness provides a real edge to La T and allows them to pose a real danger on the break.

Jaime Ayoví  ||  Godoy Cruz

Aldosivi certainly won’t want to watch their defending again but Jaime Ayoví took full advantage with a second half hat-trick to hand Godoy Cruz victory. The 28-year-old is the first Ecuadorian to do so in the Primera and showed just what El Tomba have been missing so far this season.


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