Team of the week returns after another full round of Primera fixtures. Fifteen matches to choose from so here are the eleven that impressed from round twelve 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….
Nereo Champagne || Olimpo
The surprise result of the weekend was undoubtedly in Avellaneda where Olimpo earned a first away win of the season against Racing. As expected there were times when the visitors were under the cosh but Nereo Champagne and his defence kept an invaluable clean sheet. The 31-year-old goalkeeper’s penalty save from Gustavo Bou when the score was 1-0 was the turning point in the game.
Leonel Di Plácido || Atlético Tucumán
Atlético Tucumán made light work of Quilmes on Sunday night and a feature of El Decano’s play in the 3-0 win was the width provided particularly by right-back Leonel Di Plácido. The 22-year-old completed a game-high four dribbles and a very respectable 84% pass completion rate.
Víctor López || Olimpo
Central defensive partner Carlos Rodríguez has taken much of the limelight this season but veteran Víctor López was outstanding in Avellaneda up against the fearsome strikeforce of Lisandro López and Gustavo Bou. The 37-year-old defender made eight clearances and 100% of his tackles in a battling display.
Víctor Cuesta || Independiente
Independiente desperately needed a result and although Maxi Meza and Germán Denis with the goals were the difference, Víctor Cuesta was central to the victory. An outstanding tackle in the first half when Ismael Blanco was through on goal preserved El Rojo’s lead but the 28-year-old was quick and strong in the tackle and snuffed out all danger.
Alexis Soto || Banfield
With four wins in a row there are few sides in better form than Banfield right now and although El Taladro were thoroughly deserving of their win over Huracán on Sunday, it took a remarkable goalline clearance by Alexis Soto to ensure the win. The 23-year-old stuck to his defensive duties but got forward well and completed 86% of his passes.
Leonardo Gil || Talleres
Talleres are now unbeaten in eight and although the players deserve enormous praise for that, Leonardo Gil has been a consistent performer in the midfield. La T brought in the 25-year-old from Estudiantes to bolster the side back in the top flight and he has done that and more. Gil’s dangerous set-piece led to Nacho Scocco’s own goal against Newell’s and alongside Pablo Guiñázu, the pair didn’t give their visitors a moment to settle.
Emanuel Cecchini || Banfield
19-year-old Emanuel Cecchini has been one of the outstanding youngsters in the first half of the season and a real find for Julio Falcioni. On Sunday, the midfielder not only scored the only goal of the game against Huracán but was an all-round central midfield presence – strong in the tackle and efficient with the ball.
Player of the week
Carlos Tevez || Boca Juniors
If it does indeed prove to be Carlos Tevez’s last superclásico before a speculated move to China, then there would be few better ways to bow out. The Boca Juniors icon shone in the win over River Plate in the Monumental with two goals and an assist. When the game hung in the balance, it was Tevez that rose above everyone else on the pitch and while his equaliser owed more to poor goalkeeping than skill, his decisive second was wonderful.
Martín Cauteruccio || San Lorenzo
Martín Cauteruccio always appeared more of a traditional striker in previous San Lorenzo sides and perhaps as a result made do with a peripheral role at times but this season, the Uruguayan has shown far greater versatility to the benefit of Diego Aguirre. Two well taken goals in the win over Unión, Cauteruccio was full of industry and superb with the ball at his feet.
Nicolás Stefanelli || Defensa y Justicia
Sebastián Beccacece will rightly take some credit for Defensa y Justicia’s upturn in form but what El Halcón have been crying out for since the sale of Fabián Bordagaray is goals. On Monday evening, Nicolás Stefanelli stepped up and his two goals earned the home side a deserved victory over Arsenal.
Lautaro Acosta || Lanús
Lanús made harder work than expected against a reserve Rosario Central side but the champions made it five wins in a row and it was little surprise to see Lautaro Acosta at the centre of things. The 28-year-old’s equaliser goal was fantastic and at a time when Jorge Almirón’s needed inspiration.
Goal of the week
Carlos Tevez – River Plate v BOCA JUNIORS