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…
Luciano Pocrnjic || Newell’s Old Boys
Arsenal certainly made life difficult for second-placed Newell’s but a ninth clean sheet of the season ensured that just one goal was enough for La Lepra. Luciano Pocrnjic made five saves in Sarandí to keep out the home side and take all three points.
Matías Aguirregaray || Estudiantes
His acrobatic bicycle alone puts Matías Aguirregaray in contention but the Uruguayan’s two goals and constant attacking down the right were invaluable to Estudiantes as they swept past Aldosivi.
Germán Conti || Colón
Another week and another team of the week spot for Germán Conti. The 22-year-old was outstanding in the air to help Colón to a fourth consecutive clean sheet and victory and even created the winner for Diego Vera.
Lucas Martínez Quarta || River Plate
Lucas Martínez Quarta just continues to impress and there is little surprise that Ecuador international Arturo Mina sees no future at the club. The 20-year-old made seven clearances as River beat Quilmes to extend their fine run of form.
Lucas Villalba || Huracán
Summer arrival Lucas Villalba produced the type of performance that made him so high on Huracán’s wishlist in the draw with Atlético de Rafaela. No player completed more dribbles but defensively, the 22-year-old made six tackles and five clearances.
Pablo Pérez || Boca Juniors
Boca were without Fernando Gago and Sebastián Pérez in the midfield against Vélez on Sunday but Pablo Pérez made up for the absence with a superb all-round performance. The 31-year-old burst forward to support the attack but was combative in the centre to help win the ball back.
Fernando Belluschi || San Lorenzo
San Lorenzo may have only beaten Sarmiento 1-0 on Saturday but Fernando Belluschi showed flashes of his best. A wonderful rabona cross in the opening stages should have brought a goal but the 33-year-old was a creative menace all afternoon.
Cristian Pavón || Boca Juniors
Cristian Pavón’s pace proved the critical weapon in Boca beating Vélez on Sunday and the 21-year-old played a key role in all three goals. Having already clattered the crossbar, Pavón created two goals before adding the third himself late on.
Emiliano Rigoni || Independiente
Independiente have been waiting for goals and amid the stormy weather in Paraná on Saturday they rained in a 5-0 demolition of Patronato. Emiliano Rigoni was outstanding and provided El Rojo with the outlet to counter all afternoon. Two goals were his reward but Rigoni has looked in great shape since the arrival of Ariel Holan.
Teo Gutiérrez || Rosario Central
Two assists last weekend and another two for Teo Gutiérrez on Saturday as Central beat Atlético Tucumán. When in the mood there is no doubting the Colombian’s talent and the passes for Federico Carrizo and Marco Ruben were superb.
Player of the week
Lucas Alario || River Plate
Marcelo Gallardo said this week Lucas Alario could be number nine for any team in the world and while that may still be a little premature, the 24-year-old showed why he is one of the Primera’s most lethal strikers. Two late goals gave River victory over Quilmes and Alario’s departure to Europe looks only a matter of time.
Goal of the week
a) Matías Aguirregaray – Aldosivi v Estudiantes
b) Nicolás Romat – Atlético de Rafaela v Huracán
c) Emiliano Rigoni – Patronato v Independiente
d) Diego Rodríguez – Patronato v Independiente
e) Darío Benedetto – Vélez v Boca Juniors