Team of the week returns (a day later than usual due to the 24 hour postponement of Atlético Tucumán-Unión) 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
Sebastián Torrico || San Lorenzo
Already an icon at the Nuevo Gasómetro, Sebastián Torrico further endeared himself to supporters with a match winning performance in Sunday’s clásico win over Huracán. His opposite number Marcos Díaz was also excellent but El Cóndor proved influential with an astonishing save to deny Ignacio Pussetto before half-time.
Luis Advíncula || Newell’s Old Boys
Peruvian international Luis Advíncula may have tasted defeat with Newell’s for the first time this season in Avellaneda on Saturday but the 26-year-old was outstanding on the right of Diego Osella’s defence. An impressive eleven tackles and an excellent assist after bursting behind the Racing backline on the overlap displayed an all-round contribution.
Alexander Barboza || Defensa y Justicia
One of the top defensive talents in the Primera, Alexander Barboza put in one of his powerful and assured performances on Monday evening to ensure Defensa y Justicia earned a point away to Aldosivi. Strong in the air and in the tackle, the 21-year-old won back possession nine times and was comfortable bringing the ball out of defence.
Guillermo Ortiz || Colón
Colón’s defensive record is remarkable (only three conceded) and while much of that is down to the organisation and structure of the team as a whole, Guillermo Ortíz stood out in Saturday’s seventh clean sheet. Dominant in the air, the 24-year-old made five clearances and won possession on five occasions.
Frank Fabra || Boca Juniors
Granted that once Gimnasia were down to ten men, Boca’s defence had considerably less to do, Frank Fabra still stuck to his task at left back admirably. Where the Colombian excelled was getting forward and aside from laying the ball into Cristian Pavón before his instoppable golazo, Fabra posted a 97% pass completion rate.
Alejandro Silva || Lanús
Lanús are still trying to find their groove but picked up an important win on Saturday away to Sarmiento. Alejandro Silva was central to that with two excellent assists – the first, a perfect cross onto Sand’s head at the back post and the second, a dynamic burst between two defenders before a cutback to Acosta.
Pablo Ledesma || Colón
Veteran Pablo Ledesma rolled back the years somewhat to play a vital part in Colón’s win over Arsenal on Saturday. Aside from slotting home the winner from the penalty spot, the 32-year-old was everywhere, with 51 passes and five tackles in central midfield.
Alexis Castro || Tigre
Tigre in a rich vein of form and in their present seven-match unbeaten run, Alexis Castro has been outstanding. The 22-year-old is combative but good with the ball at his feet and in the win over Belgrano completed 88% of his passes. The youngster also opened the scoring with a fierce left footed shot and it set El Matador on course for victory.
Sebastián Blanco || San Lorenzo
So often the case with San Lorenzo, Sebastian Blanco provided the final piece of quality in the final third to win a match and if Patricio Toranzo’s red card hadn’t softened the visitors, Blanco’s wonderful goal a minute later broke their resolve. 100% of his dribbles successful, the goal was the crucial one, as the 28-year-old skipped two challenges before slotting past Diaz.
Darío Benedetto || Boca Juniors
Darío Benedetto’s brief injury lay-off highlighted how much Boca need him in the number nine role and after coming off the bench to pull a goal back against Rosario Central in the Copa Argentina, the 26-year-old started in La Plata and scored twice. A predatory tap in and a neat finish within a couple of minutes gave Boca a long overdue away win.
Gustavo Bou || Racing Club
Since Diego Milito’s retirement, Gustavo Bou has struggled to reproduce the devastating form that shot Racing to the title in 2014. On Saturday evening, La Pantera was looking close to something like his best with two goals in the win over Newell’s. Two superb finishes suggest the confidence is back and La Academia could be on the up.
Goal of the week
Cristian Pavón v Gimnasia