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 twelve along with our Player of the round and pick of the goals. 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….
Jorge Broun || Colón
Colón have the second best defensive record in the Primera and much of that is down to their disciplined structure but Saturday’s win over Huracán owed a great deal to goalkeeper Jorge Broun. The 30-year-old produced one of the saves of the year to deny Alejandro Romero Gamarra in the first half and later saved Javier Iritier’s penalty when the scores were level.
Carlos Rodríguez || Olimpo
Olimpo may well end up being relegated at the end of the season but the only thing that still keeps them afloat is a half decent defence, marshalled by Uruguayan Carlos Rodríguez. Los Aurinegro were beaten by San Lorenzo on Saturday but the 26-year-old stuck to his task against superior opposition well.
Paulo Díaz || San Lorenzo
Injuries forced Diego Aguirre to field an inexperienced central defensive pairing but Nicolás Senesi and Paulo Díaz performed admirably. Díaz was successful in 100% of his tackles and made an impressive nine clearances and eight interceptions. The young Chilean was also tidy in possession and completed 82% of his passes.
Mariano Bareiro || Defensa y Justicia
Since emerging from Racing’s academy, Mariano Bareiro has been a player of enormous potential, albeit usually as a number five in front of the defence. Against Atlético de Rafaela, Sebastián Beccacece deployed the 21-year-old even deeper, in between his centre halves in a back five. Bareiro was good in the air, strong in the tackle and made seven clearances aside from being a decent source of distribution.
Player of the week
Fernando Gago || Boca Juniors
Fernando Gago’s absence was perhaps not so obvious until his return over the past few weeks when it became very clear what Boca Juniors have been missing. The 30-year-old made an excellent return against San Lorenzo a couple of weeks ago but against Racing on Sunday was outstanding. The former Argentina international controlled the game with passing stats that far outweighted anyone on the pitch but aside from ensuring Boca retained possession, Gago was incisive when looking for the runs of Pavón, Tevez and Bou.
Pablo Guiñazú || Talleres
He may be 38 now but Pablo Guiñazú is proving he can still cut it in the top flight after another superb display in Talleres’ goalless draw with Estudiantes. La T are now unbeaten in seven and haven’t conceded in six with the veteran midfielder carrying out an important role in front of the back four. In addition to battling in central midfielder, El Cholo had an astonishing 97% success rate with his passing.
Nicolás Bertolo || Banfield
Another in-form side are Julio César Falcioni’s Banfield and after ending Estudiantes’ unbeaten run last weekend, El Taladro went to second placed Newell’s and picked up another three points on Saturday. Nicolás Bertolo proved to be the difference with two late goals as the midfielder burst forward to support Santiago Silva and get on the end of crosses into the six-yard box.
Diego Sosa || Tigre
Alexis Castro has been the youngster at Tigre taking all the plaudits this season but on Saturday, Pedro Troglio gave 19-year-old Diego Sosa the chance to shine and the academy product took it with both hands. The midfielder’s spectacular opening goal was worthy of winning the match and although Aldosivi earned a point, Sosa impressed on the left with his workrate and creativity.
Agustín Bouzat || Defensa y Justicia
Sebastián Beccacece appears to already be having an impact with Defensa y Justicia and on Saturday El Halcón claimed only a second win of the season. Agustín Bouzat’s pace and willingness to commit defenders caused Atlético de Rafaela all manner of problems and aside from creating the only goal of the game, the 22-year-old completed a game-high five dribbles (100% success)
Fernando Zampedri || Atlético Tucumán
Godoy Cruz were unbeaten in Mendoza before Saturday but Fernando Zampedri’s brace handed El Tomba a first defeat and a much needed win for Atlético Tucumán. Five goals for the season, the 28-year-old will now be looking to add to this tally and fire El Decano up the table.
Walter Bou || Boca Juniors
The injury to Darío Benedetto could have given Boca reason to worry ahead of the visit of Racing but Walter Bou stepped up to the mark and outshone his better known brother playing for the opposition. The younger Bou was instinctive in his finishing but linked up play well to help Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side to an important win.
Goal of the week
Diego Sosa – TIGRE v Aldosivi
Nicolás Leguizamon – Huracán v COLÓN