Team of the week returns with fifteen matches to choose from so here are the eleven that impressed from round twenty-four 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…
Nicolás Navarro || San Lorenzo
Keeping a club legend like Sebastián Torrico out of the side comes with its own pressures but Nicolás Navarro was instrumental in San Lorenzo’s clásico win over Huracán on Saturday afternoon. The Olympic gold medallist made six saves as Los Cuervos claimed the bragging rights and closed on league leaders Boca Juniors.
Fabricio Bustos || Independiente
A second consecutive place in the team of the week for Fabricio Bustos as the 21-year-old continues to vindicate Ariel Holan’s decision to promote him to first choice right back. A momentary lapse almost allowed Gustavo Bou in on goal but otherwise Bustos provided El Rojo with a tremendous outlet down the right and proved his defensive mettle with five tackles and six interceptions.
Yonathan Cabral || Olimpo
Olimpo remain in deep relegation trouble but showed the necessary fight in Saturday’s win over Aldosivi. Yonathan Cabral was vital in denying the visitors and with nine clearances and six interceptions, snuffed out any danger en route to a precious clean sheet.
Lucas Martínez Quarta || River Plate
Marcelo Gallardo showed great faith in young Lucas Martínez Quarta when he favoured him over Ecuador international Arturo Mina but it has proved to be an undoubted success. A superclásico isn’t the easiest of stages to perform but the 21-year-old stood strong and when Boca were in the ascendency during the second half, he and Jonatan Maidana were superb.
Mathías Abero || Atlético de Rafaela
If Atlético defy the odds and stay up just how important will Mathías Abero’s injury time winner against Atlético Tucumán be? Having already completed his defensive duties with an impressive seven interceptions, the Uruguayan popped up to win La Crema three points at the death.
Rodrigo Braña || Estudiantes
There was little between the sides in the clásico Platense but with Santiago Ascacibar away with the Argentina under-20s, Estudiantes required a presence in central midfield. Rodrigo Braña provided that and with five tackles, the former Argentina international efficiently broke up play.
Franco Mussis || San Lorenzo
Franco Mussis produced a fine all-round performance in central midfield as San Lorenzo edged past Huracán. With four tackles, the 25-year-old disrupted the hosts but seven completed dribbles illustrate how Mussis drove forward to form the foundation of many of Los Cuervos’ attacks.
Emiliano Rigoni || Independiente
Ariel Holan’s attacking quartet of Rigoni, Benítez, Barco and Gigliotti are all enjoying their football at present but it’s perhaps Rigoni more often than not who steals the headlines. The 24-year-old’s pace and directness makes him a real weapon but his superb free kick broke the deadlock in Sunday’s clásico and set El Rojo up for victory.
Player of the week
Gonzalo Martínez || River Plate
Pity Martínez’s season goes from strength to strength and the uncertainty over his future at River Plate is a distant memory now. The 23-year-old tormented Boca Juniors in La Bombonera and his stunning volley and accurate through-ball for Lucas Alario, handed Los Millonarios their two-goal lead at half time.
Nicolás Bertolo || Banfield
Saturday’s Clásico del Sur was far from a classic but Nicolás Bertolo’s thumping header won it for Banfield and the 30-year-old was one of the few players to stand out in a low-quality game. Always looking to get forward and support the attack, Bertolo also helped out in stifling Lanús in the midfield.
Santiago García || Godoy Cruz
Last season when Godoy Cruz pushed for the title, Santiago García played a vital role but the Uruguayan has endured a frustrating 2016/17. However, the 26-year-old returned to the starting eleven for Friday’s clásico Cuyano and claimed a match-winning brace to suggest the Morro of old is back.
Goal of the month
a) Gonzalo Martínez – Boca Juniors v River Plate
b) Maxi Meza – Independiente v Racing Club
c) Fernando Telechea – Patronato v Sarmiento
d) Alexis Castro – Vélez v Tigre