Primera team & goal of the week: Round ten


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 and pick of the goals. 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: Round ten - Football tactics and formations

Player of the week
Daniel Sappa ||  Estudiantes

While Santiago Ascacibar and Lucas Rodríguez have justifiably been stealing the plaudits as two of Estudiantes’ most talented young players, the injury to Mariano Andujar has presented an opportunity for 21-year-old goalkeeper Daniel Sappa. Having already impressed, Sappa produced a match winning performance against Colón on Saturday culminating in a superb penalty save in the dying stages.

Leonardo Godoy  ||  Talleres

Talleres are the form side in the Primera after Frank Kudelka’s talented young side chalked up a fifth consecutive win against Atlético de Rafaela. Right-back Leonardo Godoy drilled La T ahead from distance but as a regular in the back four, the 21-year-old is showing real promise.

Fabricio Formiliano  ||  Newell’s Old Boys

Fabricio Formiliano is already proving to be an astute piece of business for Newell’s and in the win over River Plate on Sunday, the Uruguayan was excellent in the face of an ordinarily dangerous attack. The 23-year-old made three timely tackles and won three aerial challanges as La Lepra kept yet another clean sheet.

Carlos Rodríguez  ||  Olimpo

Another Uruguayan defender who is proving a great success is Carlos Rodríguez. Olimpo may be struggling at the wrong end of the descenso but the 26-year-old has been the outstanding member of the squad and it’s clear that Cristian Diaz’s problems lie at the other end of the pitch. Defensively Olimpo are not bad and the former Plaza Colonia defender has been instrumental.

Ian Esbobar  ||  Talleres

On the opposite side of the defence to Leonardo Godoy is 20-year-old Ian Escobar, and once again the former Chacarita Juniors left back shone. Having made eight tackles in the win over Atlético de Rafaela, Escobar was also a willing outlet down the left wing and gives a great balance to Kudelka’s side.

Pol Fernández  ||  Godoy Cruz

Godoy Cruz have not reached the levels they managed during the Transicón and Pol Fernández’s performances have dipped as a result. However, El Tomba remain a threat in Mendoza and on Saturday, the former Boca Juniors midfielder was at the centre of the victory over Tigre. In a deeper role, Fernández protected the back four with three tackles but was importantly the Godoy Cruz player that completed the most passes.


Ezequiel Barco  ||  Independiente

Undeniably a major talent, Independiente are already looking dependent on 17-year-old Ezequiel Barco and while El Rojo slumped to defeat against San Lorenzo, there was one player pulling the strings and trying to orchestrate the attack. Dropping deep to help win the ball back, Barco was one of the leading passers of the ball and completed an outstanding 90%. In addition to completing a match-high five dribbles, if Independiente did look like having any success it was via the youngster.

Giovani Lo Celso  ||  Rosario Central

The glorious, disguised through-pass that created Teo Gutiérrez’s goal was classic Giovani Lo Celso and served as a reminder to why Paris Saint-Germain moved so swiftly to sign him. A wonderful mover of the ball, Lo Celso glided around La Bombonera at times and with a 91% pass completion was highly efficient in what he did.

Matías Quiroga  ||  Patronato

Patronato have really found their form in recent weeks and on Monday night in Paraná, Rubén Forestello’s side were too much for San Martín. Matías Quiroga calmly scored the second when he rounded Luis Ardente but with his aerial prowess provided the attack with a focal point.

Franco Soldano  ||  Unión

With a goal and an assist, Franco Soldano was the match winner as Unión took all three points from the visit of Temperley. The 22-year-old pounced to nod in the opening goal and showed the presence of mind to flick the ball into the path of Diego Godoy for the second. Yet to nail down a starting role, Soldano continues to impress when he gets the chance.

Adrián Balboa  ||  Sarmiento

A third Uruguayan in the team of the week, Adrián Balboa scored two first half goals to secure an invaluable away win for Sarmiento over Belgrano. The 22-year-old’s towering header provided the perfect start and his low shot on the turn put the visitors in command.

Goal of the round

Gonzalo Bergessio – Independiente v SAN LORENZO

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