Team of the week returns with fifteen matches to choose from so here are the eleven that impressed from round twenty-seven 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…
Sebastián Bertoli || Patronato
If Quilmes do indeed end up going down to the Nacional B, Los Cerveceros may well look back on the visit of Patronato and wonder how they ended up with nothing. The home side dominated for large parts but nine saves by Sebastián Bértoli kept a clean sheet and gave El Patrón a 1-0 win.
Paulo Díaz || San Lorenzo
San Lorenzo always look a better side with Paulo Díaz in the defence and aside from his somewhat fortunate winning goal, the Chilean gave an assured display against an ever-dangerous River Plate side.
Diego Braghieri || Lanús
Lanús really had to dig in to claim victory over Estudiantes and Diego Braghieri produced one of his best performances in a while to ensure a clean sheet. An excellent last-ditch tackle and three clearances, highlighted the 30-year-old’s importance.
Lautaro Gianetti || Vélez Sarsfield
Tigre were woeful on Saturday afternoon but after a difficult season for Lautaro Gianetti, the 23-year-old centre-back gave a strong performance in Vélez’s 3-0 win. The Argentina under-23 international was strong in the air and in the tackle, making five clearances and six interceptions.
Alexis Soto || Banfield
Six wins from seven have seen Banfield rocket up to third in the table and while a number of players deserve credit, Alexis Soto was one of the standouts from Saturday’s win over Gimnasia. The Argentina Olympic representative made an impressive eight interceptions and five clearances but also got forward well down the left.
Wilmar Barrios || Boca Juniors
Another outstanding performance from Wilmar Barrios in central midfield gave Boca Juniors the platform to record what was a significant victory in the title race. The Colombian’s bustling presence in front of the back four won back possession eleven times and halted Independiente playing through midfield.
Nicolás Domínguez || Vélez Sarsfield
Aside from scoring in Vélez’s win over Tigre, 18-year-old Nicolás Domínguez produced an outstanding midfield display. Winning 100% of his five tackles, the teenager was also El Fortín’s most active passer and completed five key passes.
Federico Milo || Arsenal
Federico Milo’s sensational goal was worthy of winning any match but there was more to the 25-year-old’s game that just that moment of inspiration. Milo also crossed for Leonardo Rolón to tap in the first and gave an all-round display that contributed defensively and offensively.
Fernando Luna || Atlético de Rafaela
Atlético de Rafaela have likely left it too late to survive but Friday’s win over Belgrano at least gave hope and Fernando Luna was central to that. The 27-year-old scored the opening goal but also battled in midfield and provided the much needed creativity behind the lone striker.
Rodrigo Caballucci || Olimpo
After a late start to the season, Rodrigo Caballucci has given Olimpo a real boost just as they needed some inspiration in the relegation battle. The 24-year-old’s dipping volley sealed a win over rivals Huracán but Caballucci had already laid on one for Facundo Coniglio as the Aurinegro moved clear of the drop zone.
Player of the week
Darío Benedetto || Boca Juniors
There is absolutely no doubt now that Darío Benedetto was the right signing for Boca Juniors as the Primera’s leading scorer struck his 17th and 18th goals of the campaign to give Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side a vital three points. The importance of the 27-year-old’s goals cannot be understated and it’s no surprise that European sides are sniffing around.
Goal of the week
Federico Milo – San Martín v Arsenal