Team of the week returns with fifteen matches to choose from so here are the eleven that impressed from round sixteen 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….
Marcos Díaz || Huracán
Perhaps owing as much to Defensa y Justicia’s wasteful finishing as anything else, Huracán should be grateful to goalkeeper Marcos Díaz for the vital 2-0 victory on Saturday. The 31-year-old made an impressive eleven saves as El Globo held on after their early goals.
Leandro Desábato || Estudiantes
Estudiantes were far from their best but put an end to a poor run of form with a win over Patronato. Leandro Desábato not only headed the only goal of the game but was a dominant presence in the back four and helped young debutant Juan Foyth alongside him.
Yonathan Cabral || Olimpo
Racing may have been a little hasty in allowing Yonathan Cabral to leave Avellaneda and certainly on Sunday the 24-year-old gave a reminder of his talents. Cabral headed an important late winner against Banfield but was outstanding in his defensive duties, winning 100% of his aerial challenges and winning the ball back seven times.
Guillermo Ortiz || Colón
A clásico requires strong characters and Colón have that in Guillermo Ortiz as the 24-year-old was instrumental in the victory away to rivals Unión. The powerful Ortiz made five clearances and ensured El Sabalero kept a clean sheet while popping up to seal the win with a late goal.
Facundo Quignón || Newell’s Old Boys
Facundo Quignón continues to earn rave reviews in Rosario and the former River Plate academy player impressed again in Newell’s win over Vélez. A wonderfully weighted pass for Scocco’s second illustrated his deft distribution but with four tackles and three interceptions, Quignón showed he is an adept ball-playing number five.
Pablo Guiñazú || Talleres
In Talleres’ talented yet young side, Frank Kudelka needs an experienced head to hold things together and in La T’s famous win over Boca in La Bombonera, 38-year-old Pablo Guiñazú did that. The leading passer in the game with an 89% success rate, El Cholo also provided the steel and won back possession on six occasions.
Emanuel Reynoso || Talleres
Emanuel Reynoso continues to impress and should the youngster maintain this form, the question will be for how long Talleres can keep hold of him. Aside from netting the winner, Bebelo was a constant, buzzing presence in the midfield. Two key passes but also four tackles prove demonstrate how involved the 21-year-old was at either end.
Pol Fernández || Godoy Cruz
More often than not when Godoy Cruz win it coincides with Pol Fernández having a greater influence on the game. Against San Lorenzo on Sunday, the 25-year-old scored both goals as El Tomba claimed a deserved win.
Matías Suárez || Belgrano
Over the first half of the season, Belgrano failed to see anywhere near the best of the talented Matías Suárez. In the win over Racing, shades of the player that was voted player of the year in Belgium were on show. With a game-high five key passes and an assist, Suárez was a constant threat to La Academia.
Player of the week
Ignacio Scocco || Newell’s Old Boys
When Newell’s won the 2013 Final, Nacho Scocco was arguably the best striker in Argentina and on Saturday, the 31-year-old turned back the clock. His hat-trick downed Vélez and while the first two were smart finishes, the third was a marvelous long range effort.
Gonzalo Martínez || River Plate
The inconsistency in Pity Martínez’s game has led to something of a fractious relationship with River Plate supporters but the 23-year-old was in fine form in the win over Lanús. An assist and a somewhat fortuitous goal show only a portion of Pity’s influence on the game as El Granate failed to shackle him all game.
Goal of the week
Three to choose from – a thunderous long range effort, a solo effort and a glorious passing move.
Ignacio Scocco – Newell’s Old Boys v Vélez Sarsfield
Mariano González – Huracán v Defensa y Justicia
Carlos Auzqui – Lanús v River Plate