Team of the week returns with fifteen matches to choose from so here are the eleven that impressed from round twenty 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…
Luis Ardente || San Martín
Lanús’ failure to beat San Martín was in part down to El Granate’s lack of a final ball but also the performance of goalkeeper Luis Ardente, who pulled off eight saves during the goalless draw.
Luciano Abecasis || Godoy Cruz
With another two assists in Godoy Cruz’s victory over Banfield, only Marcos Acuña and Carlos Tevez have created more goals in this league season than Luciano Abecasis- not bad for a right back.
Fausto Grillo || Vélez Sarsfield
In Vélez’s current situation, manager Omar de Felippe needs big performances and in Bahía Blanca he got that from central defender Fausto Grillo. With twelve clearances, the 24-year-old was outstanding in the air and was key to the clean sheet that ultimately earned El Fortín three vital points.
Alexander Barboza || Defensa y Justicia
Alexander Barboza continues to impress at Defensa y Justicia and the powerful 22-year-old was dominant in the air and in the tackle during Sunday’s win over Unión. In addition to marshalling the defence to a clean sheet, Barboza’s through ball released Ignacio Rivero for El Halcón’s second.
Fabricio Angileri || Godoy Cruz
Aside from volleying Godoy Cruz ahead against Banfield, Fabricio Angileri enjoyed an excellent game at left back on Sunday. With three clearances, the 23-year-old fulfilled his defensive duties but with a 92% pass completion rate, participated efficiently in El Tomba’s possession.
Rodrigo Aliendro || Atlético Tucumán
While Fernando Zampedri takes the plaudits for most Atlético Tucumán victories, midfielder Rodrigo Aliendro was outstanding in Sunday’s win over San Lorenzo. With seven tackles and a pass completion rate of 91%, the former Chacarita Juniors player produced an excellent all-round display.
Wilmar Barrios || Boca Juniors
Boca Juniors may have slipped to a draw against Patronato in the absence of Fernando Gago and Sebastián Pérez but it was through no fault of their replacement Wilmar Barrios. The Colombian made nine tackles (100% success) and was excellent in possession (90% pass completion).
Fabián Rinaudo || Gimnasia
Not for the first time this season Fabián Rinaudo lit up a Gimnasia game with a fearsome long range strike. El Lobo are in wonderful form at present and the former Argentina international has been central to that in his defensive midfield role.
Washington Camacho || Rosario Central
Another of the Primera’s form sides are Rosario Central and Paolo Montero’s side were made to work hard for Monday’s win away to Temperley. Washington Camacho supported the attack well when he could and managed to open the scoring with a well timed run into the penalty box.
Player of the week
Lautaro Martínez || Racing Club
In Lisandro López’s injury absence, youngster Lautaro Martínez has been given an extended run in the Racing starting eleven and on Saturday, the 19-year-old was the match winner. Two goals against Sarmiento highlighted his talents and if Argentina’s under-20s stand any chance at next month’s World Cup, Martínez will be key.
Javier Correa || Godoy Cruz
After the sale of Jaime Ayoví, Godoy Cruz were in need of a number nine to stick the ball in the net and Javier Correa is proving a useful replacement. The 24-year-old scored twice on Saturday in the win over Banfield but was a constant nuisance to the visitors’ defence.
Goal of the week
a) Javier Correa – Godoy Cruz v Banfield
b) Lautaro Martinez – Sarmiento v Racing
c) Rodrigo Mora – Tigre v River Plate
d) Fabián Rinaudo – Gimnasia v Aldosivi