Team of the week returns with fifteen matches to choose from so here are the eleven that impressed from round eighteen 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….
Mariano Andújar || Estudiantes
Estudiantes are struggling to reproduce their form from earlier in the season and certainly didn’t have it all their own way against Arsenal in La Plata. Mariano Andújar was a calming influence at the back and made six saves during the 2-0 win.
Carlos Rodríguez || Olimpo
The powerful Uruguayan rarely disappoints for Olimpo and in the goalless draw with San Martín, Rodríguez was at his powerful best. The 26-year-old won 100% of his tackles and made six clearances.
Sebastián Domíngez || Newell’s Old Boys
The 36-year-old veteran used all his experience to help Newell’s to a 1-0 win over Atlético de Rafaela on Saturday and with 100% of his aerial challenges and tackles won, Domínguez carried out the ugly part of La Lepra’s victory.
Germán Conti || Colón
Germán Conti is becoming something of a regular in the team of the week and after Colón kept another clean sheet, the 22-year-old proved his worth. Dominant in the air, Conti made five clearances and five interceptions in the 1-0 win over Belgrano.
Iván Marcone || Lanús
Rewarded with an Argentina call-up last, Iván Marcone continues to prove he is one of the best number fives in the Primera. In the clásico win over Banfield, Marcone made over 100 passes with an impressive 94% success rate.
Nacho Fernández || River Plate
One of the most underrated members of River Plate’s side Nacho Fernández was vital in Sunday’s victory over Godoy Cruz. By far and away the most active passer on the pitch, the 27-year-old completed five key passes and made six tackles in central midfield.
Pity Martínez || River Plate
The renaissance of Pity Martínez continues and for the third match running the 23-year-old was the main man in River’s attack. Two more assists paved the way for a third straight victory.
Gervasio Núñez || Sarmiento
Sarmiento may well still go down but Gervasio Núñez’s two stunning free kicks has kept the hope of survival alive after salvaging a draw against Rosario Central.
Bautista Merlini || San Lorenzo
Bautista Merlini only came on after an early injury to Ezequiel Cerutti but will be pushing for a starting role next time after a dazzling display in the 4-3 defeat to Tigre. Two excellent goals should have won it for San Lorenzo but his all-round contribution was full of attacking menace.
Player of the week
Gustavo Bou || Racing Club
Another inspirational performance from Gustavo Bou led Racing to their remarkable comeback win against Quilmes. A goal and an assist for El Pantera only tell half the story as the 27-year-old looks back to his very best.
José Sand || Lanús
Undoubtedly aided by Jorge Rodríguez’s poor performance at the back for Banfield, Pepe Sand still had to stick the ball in the net and the Lanús icon did just that. Two penalties and a simple tap in to complete his hat-trick, Sand taking home the match ball in a clásico earns him his spot.
Goal of the week
Bautista Merlini – Tigre v San Lorenzo