With Racing inflicting a first defeat of the season on Boca, Argentinos Juniors went level at the top thanks to a late win over Independiente, Lanús and Velez keep up the pressure and River Plate lurk just off the pace after an entertaining draw with Arsenal. Huracán took clásico bragging rights and things at the foot of the promedio got tighter as the bottom five all suffered losses.
With twelve matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round ten, along with our Player of the round and pick of the goals. Feel free to disagree and leave a comment suggesting who you thought should have made it.
Gimnasia’s struggles in front of goal are clear and is the reason they will likely go down but Unión were still indebted to Sebastián Moyano in their 1-0 win as the goalkeeper made four stops.
Facundo Sánchez || Estudiantes
Desperate for a win, Estudiantes are struggling at present and without a regular goalscorer needed Facundo Sánchez to snatch victory against Central Córdoba. The defender’s header was enough for the win but with four tackles (100%), two interceptions and five clearances, the 29-year-old was solid defensively too.
Jonathan Schunke || Estudiantes
Estudiantes’ poor form is not down to their defensive record and another clean sheet in Santiago del Estero was in part down to the form of Jonathan Schunke. The commanding central defender was strong in the air and made eleven clearances to keep the home side out.
Yeimar Gómez Andrade || Unión
Not the most cerebral defender, Yeimar Gómez Andrade does the physical side of defending extremely well and in Unión’s 1-0 win over Gimnasia, the Colombian was crucial. Four tackles, six interceptions and eight clearances as he dominated in the air, Gómez Andrade has proved a more than useful player in the Superliga.
Fabián Monzón || Atlético Tucumán
Fabián Monzón’s firmly hit free-kick won all three points for Atlético Tucumán away to Banfield and with three tackles and four clearances it was a solid all-round display.
Ezequiel Piovi || Arsenal
The superb volley that opened the scoring in Arsenal’s 3-3 draw with River Plate is Ezequiel Piovi’s obvious highlight but with ten tackles the 27-year-old was excellent in the heart of the midfield.
Marcelino Moreno || Lanús
An increasingly important figure in the Lanús side, Marcelino Moreno has gone from inconsistent wideman to instrumental midfield engine this season. The 25-year-old burst through the Talleres defence to score an important goal seconds after half time but completed eight dribbles and covered a huge amount of ground in the win.
Rodrigo Gómez || Huracán
Far from a vintage clásico but Huracán won’t care. El Globo deservedly beat San Lorenzo and Rodrigo Gómez was at the heart of it. Droopy’s right foot has always been a weapon and his fine cross for Lucas Barrios opened the scoring and his corner led to the second. Five key passes and five dribbles, Gómez has been a great addition in Parque Patricios.
Alexander Bernabei || Lanús
Lanús continue to get the most from their academy and in Saturday’s win over Talleres, 19-year-old Alexander Bernabei became the latest. A superbly taken goal on his debut Bernabei worked tirelessly, completed four dribbles and more than ably filled in for the injured Lautaro Acosta.
Nicolás Giménez || Arsenal
The deal to bring in Nicolás Giménez looked like smart business and so it has proved as Arsenal look to comfortably avoid an immediate return to the Primera Nacional. The 23-year-old’s fourth goal of the season earned another point and with five completed dribbles and two key passes, Giménez caused River’s second string problems.
Player of the week
Ignacio Scocco || River Plate
Since returning to fitness, Nacho Scocco has been working his way back to form and many River supporters were calling for the veteran striker to start in Marcelo Gallardo’s first choice eleven after another terrific display. Two poachers goals saved a point for River and the return of Scocco has provided a huge boost to the club.