The last Team of the week of the year after another full round of Primera fixtures. Fifteen matches to choose from so here are the eleven that impressed from round fourteen 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….
Cristian Lucchetti || Atlético Tucumán
He may now be 38 years of age but Cristian Lucchetti’s reflexes don’t appear to have diminished in the slightest if his incredible stop to deny Diego Sosa on Monday night is anything to go by. The former Banfield goalkeeper somehow kept the ball out and helped El Decano to a goalless draw away to Tigre.
Alan Alegre || Aldosivi
Darío Franco shifted Aldosivi to a back three so Alan Alegre was playing to the right of the centre but regardless, the 25-year-old was excellent in a rare away win for El Tiburón. Alegre headed the opening goal but was also an aeriel presence defensively and made 100% of his tackles.
Renzo Alfani || Rosario Central
Rosario Central were much changed after their Copa Argentina exploits in midweek but the rotation handed 20-year-old Renzo Alfani his debut in central defence and the youngster excelled. With five clearances and five interceptions, Alfani was solid, even after his more experienced defensive partner Hernán Menosse was sent off, and the clean sheet helped El Canalla defeat Belgrano.
Manuel Guanini || Gimnasia
Without a win in six, Gimnasia needed some big performances when travelling to the normally difficult home of Godoy Cruz and they got that from Manuel Guanini. A regular in Gustavo Alfaro’s side the 20-year-old made seven clearances, one from the goalline to ensure El Lobo didn’t concede.
Mathías Abero || Atlético de Rafaela
Atlético de Rafaela look certain to go down but Mathías Abero has been one of La Crema’s more consistent performers and the left-back was vital in the win over Patronato on Saturday. Five clearances, four interceptions and 100% tackle success, Abero gave Kevin Itabel the confidence to attack down the left.
Player of the week
Facundo Quignon || Newell’s Old Boys
Newell’s Old Boys have been excellent all season but saved their best until last with a 6-1 demolition of San Martín in Rosario. Facundo Quignon was Matías Kranevitter’s midfield partner when River Plate under-20s won the Copa Libertadores and while the latter is now in Spain, Quignon is reestablishing himself with Newell’s. With eight tackles and an impressive 90% pass accuracy, the 23-year-old was kept La Lepra ticking.
Eric Remedi || Banfield
Emanuel Cecchini was the young Banfield midfielder taking the plaudits last weekend but in the win over Independiente on Saturday, it was his partner Eric Remedi who shone. The 21-year-old was comfortable on the ball and tenacious in the tackle, providing Julio César Falcioni’s side the platform to dominate the middle of the pitch.
Carlos Tevez || Boca Juniors
In what looks like his final appearance for Boca Juniors, Carlos Tevez made the team of the week for the second week running after helping Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side to a 4-1 win over Colón. The 32-year-old’s goal was simple thanks to a defensive mix-up but his assist for Centurión was classic Tevez and his overall contribution to Boca’s offence was excellent.
Ricardo Centurión || Boca Juniors
Out of the starting eleven for a couple of weeks, Ricardo Centurión came back with a bang and proved far too much for a usually resiliant Colón to defence to deal with. The 23-year-old’s two goals were straight-forward enough but it was his pace and ability to beat his marker that gave Boca’s attack a real edge.
Ignacio Scocco || Newell’s Old Boys
After his return from a disastrous spell at Sunderland, Ignacio Scocco looked a shadow of the player that blasted Newell’s to the 2013 title and it wasn’t clear if the 31-year-old could rekindle that form. Perhaps he isn’t quite the same player but in the victory over San Martín, Nacho was outstanding. His second goal was a moment of absolute class from a striker full of rediscovered confidence.
Martín Cauteruccio || San Lorenzo
Another week in the team of the round for Martín Cauteruccio and another two goals making the Uruguayan second only to Sebastián Driussi in the goal scoring charts. The 29-year-old is enjoying a wonderful spell of form and his second half brace earned Los Cuervos a point after being two-down away to Lanús.
Goal of the week
There are two this week as another of Cristian Pavón’s thunderous long range efforts deserves recognition….
…but so too does Ignacio Scocco’s delicate lob in the 6-1 win over San Martín.