A midweek round to make up for a missed weekend of action saw Argentinos Juniors go clear at the top with victory over Talleres, Lanús kick a wounded Boca while they were down to go second and River Plate take advantage of Racing and Vélez dropping points to jump into third.
Diego Maradona sat on his throne in Rosario saw Gimnasia beat Newell’s, Independiente raged over refereeing decisions and Juan Antonio Pizzi’s short tenure at San Lorenzo came to an end with defeat.
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.
With Racing knocking on the door for almost an entire 90 minutes it took seven saves from Mauricio Arboleda to earn Banfield a draw.
Maximiliano Caire || Gimnasia
Few would have expected Gimnasia to defeat Newell’s in Rosario let alone with a 4-0 win. Maxi Caire scored the important second just after half time but stuck to his defensive duties well too.
Lautaro Gianetti || Vélez Sarsfield
A tremendous return from a serious knee injury, Lautaro Gianetti now captaining a talented Vélez side will surely be in contention for an Argentina call soon or later. Decent on the ball, a good organiser and strong in the tackle, the 25-year-old kept out Huracán on Thursday evening for a point.
Alejandro Donatti || Racing Club
Racing were unable to take advantage at the other end of the pitch but Alejandro Donatti helped keep a clean sheet that at least earned La Academia a point against Banfield.
Fabián Monzón || Atlético Tucumán
There was a hint of good fortune about Fabián Monzón’s winner last week against Banfield but the same couldn’t be said of the full-back’s outstanding free-kick to give Atlético Tucumán another win over Patronato.
Alexis Castro || Defensa y Justicia
San Lorenzo supporters would be excused for wondering who the Defensa y Justicia number eleven was. Alexis Castro never impressed in Bajo Flores but on loan with the Halcón, the 25-year-old scored one and created the other two in a 3-1 win which forced Juan Antonio Pizzi out as manager.
Matías García || Gimnasia
An increasingly important figure for Diego Maradona in this Gimnasia side, Matías García was instrumental in the 4-0 win over Newell’s. A goal and an assist, the 28-year-old was at the heart of everything.
Player of the week
Marcelino Moreno || Lanús
The rise of Marcelino Moreno continues and has helped Lanús up to second in the table. A terrific cross for José Sand’s opener and only the crossbar denying the midfielder a goal of his own, Moreno was everywhere against Boca.
Juan Kaprof || Arsenal
Juan Kaprof has never really lived up to expectation from his time at River Plate but the 24-year-old is proving extremely useful to Arsenal. A wonderful reverse pass created his side’s first equaliser against Central Córdoba and Kaprof headed another to save a point.
Santiago García || Godoy Cruz
A timely return from injury and a decisive impact for Godoy Cruz. Santiago García scored twice to help El Tomba to only a second win of the season and if the Uruguayan can stay fit, Godoy Cruz shouldn’t be bottom for too long.
Silvio Romero || Independiente
Independiente bemoan the soft penalty that allowed Unión to come back and earn a point but Silvio Romero’s brace should have been enough for three points regardless. The 31-year-old is finally scoring regularly and Independiente’s dependence on Romero in that central role is clear.
Goal of the week
a) Fernando Márquez – San Lorenzo v DEFENSA Y JUSTICIA