Team of the week returns with fifteen matches to choose from so here are the eleven that impressed from round twenty-one 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…
Matías Ibañez || Temperley
There is no doubting that San Lorenzo were far from their best on Friday evening but it still took an outstanding performance by Matías Ibañez to keep Los Cuervos out. Eight saves denied the home side and one in particular to stop Bautista Merlini deserved a clean sheet.
Leonel Di Plácido || Atlético Tucumán
There is good reason why a number of clubs are looking at Leonel Di Plácido and despite suffering defeat to Racing on Saturday, the 23-year-old was outstanding at right back. Seven tackles and four interceptions highlighted his defensive work while a game high seven successful dribbles and a pin-point cross for the third goal showed how much of a threat the former All Boys defender is going forward.
Player of the week
Nicolás Figal || Independiente
Captain Nicolás Tagliafico is the glue that holds the Independiente defence together but Nicolás Figal continues to enhance his reputation as one of the top young central defenders in the league. The 23-year-old not only scored El Rojo’s opener away to Arsenal but made eight clearances and seven interceptions on course to another clean sheet.
Néstor Moiraghi || Newell’s Old Boys
A fourth straight clean sheet for Newell’s has Diego Osella’s side closing on Boca Juniors at the top and in Saturday’s victory away to Aldosivi, Néstor Moiraghi was superb. Winning 100% of his aerial challenges, the 32-year-old made seven clearances and provided the foundation for La Lepra’s win.
Juan Sánchez Miño || Independiente
Juan Sánchez Miño is enjoying perhaps is best spell of football since bursting into the Boca Juniors side as a youngster where his endless running made him an ideal full back. Ariel Holan has reverted the 27-year-old back to that role and on Sunday evening, he was outstanding, making six tackles but also bombing forward to cut the ball back for Emiliano Rigoni’s goal.
Emiliano Rigoni || Independiente
The main weapon so far in Holan’s new-look Independiente has been the resurgent Emiliano Rigoni and on Sunday evening in Sarandí, the 24-year-old was once again crucial. His third goal in four matches owed much to goalkeeper Pablo Santillo but his all-round contribution to the attack was excellent.
Diego González || Racing Club
If Pulpo González’s volley alone were not enough for a place in the team of the week, the 29-year-old also poked the ball through for Gustavo Bou to add another. Racing were made to work hard by Atlético Tucumán but clung on for an important three points and the former Lanús midfielder was vital.
Mauro Formica || Newell’s Old Boys
Mauro Formica’s burst forward to score the opening goal paved the way for Newell’s Old Boys’ comfortable victory over Aldosivi. The former Blackburn Rovers playmaker was at the centre of most of the visitors intricate passing and provided the creativity to cut through a normally stubborn defence.
Rodrigo Caballucci || Olimpo
Rodrigo Cabalucci has been something of a peripheral figure for Olimpo this season but took centre stage in his side’s vital relegation six-pointer against Patronato. The 24-year-old scored twice to cancel out the home side’s opener before crossing for Emanuel Telechea to wrap up the win.
Gustavo Bou || Racing Club
Another week and another place in the team of the week for Gustavo Bou, who under Diego Cocca seems to find an extra level to his game. El Pantera was again the inspiration for Racing, crossing perfectly for the opening goal before scrambling in his tenth of the season.
Luis Rodríguez || Atlético Tucumán
Competing with Bou at the other end was Atlético Tucumán icon Luis Rodríguez. La Pulga slotted away a penalty in the first half before leaping to head El Decano back in it late on. The visitors couldn’t snatch an equaliser but the 32-year-old caused Racing all manner of problems.