Team of the week returns after the long summer break. Fourteen matches to choose from so here are the eleven that impressed from round fifteen 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….
Rodrigo Rey || Godoy Cruz
Perhaps Teo Gutiérrez did the job of putting Marco Ruben off but whatever it was, Rodrigo Rey’s penalty save proved decisive in Godoy Cruz’s victory over Rosario Central. El Tomba’s captain made five saves in the Gigante de Arroyito but the fine stop to deny Ruben was worth the points.
Leonel Di Placido || Atlético Tucumán
El Decano’s success is built largely on the collective rather than the individual but Leonel Di Placido regularly catches the eye at right back. The 23-year-old is an almost permanent outlet down the wing but sticks to his defensive duties convincingly.
Alexander Barboza || Defensa y Justicia
Another who impressed during the first half of the season, it was easy to see why Ariel Holan wanted to take Alexander Barboza to Independiente. Defensa y Justicia will be glad the 21-year-old stayed put after a powerful defensive display kept Newell’s out and a strong header claimed all three points.
Germán Conti || Colón
A key reason for Colón’s fine defensive record in the first half of the season, Germán Conti showed no signs of a summer hangover in the 1-1 draw against Olimpo. There was to be no clean sheet but a last ditch tackle kept it to one and at the other end, a thumping header earned El Sabalero a point.
Frank Fabra || Boca Juniors
Probably the best left back in the Primera over the first half of the season, Frank Fabra maintained that form into Boca’s victory over Banfield on Saturday. Five successful dribbles, the Colombian was a regular attacking threat for the league leaders and created the opener for Darió Benedetto.
Gastón Giménez || Godoy Cruz
The match winner in Rosario, Gastón Giménez built on his fine performance in the Copa Libertadores last week to prove instrumental in the centre of midfield. A game high five tackles, the 25-year-old broke up play but broke at speed to slide in the only goal of the game.
Fabián Rinaudo || Gimnasia
Fabián Rinaudo could not have struck the ball any better for his stunning long range goal against Quilmes but it was an excellent all-round performance from the 29-year-old. Four tackles, three clearances and an interception highlight Rinaudo’s battling qualities.
Marcos Acuña || Racing Club
Marcos Acuña missed matches at the tail-end of the year as Racing’s form dipped but the recent Argentina international looked back to his old self as La Academia eased past Lanús. Full of running and purpose, El Huevo’s performance was capped by a wonderful volley.
Player of the week
Gustavo Bou || Racing Club
With Lisandro López out injured, Racing needed a performance from Gustavo Bou and they got just that. El Pantera led the line, provided two assists and tucked away a penalty as La Academia made a winning restart.
Mariano Pavone || Vélez Sarsfield
Vélez remain in relegation danger but if they are to move away from the drop zone, the goals of Mariano Pavone are likely to be important. The veteran took his first superbly and showed all his predatory instincts to pounce on Iván Gómez’s 89th minute error to snatch the winner.
Darío Benedetto || Boca Juniors
Guillermo Barros Schelotto had a decision to make before the clash with Banfield and his choice of Darío Benedetto over Walter Bou was vindicated as the former Arsenal striker scored twice to take his season tally to nine.
Goal of the week
Fabián Rinaudo – GIMNASIA v Quilmes
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