Team of the week returns with fifteen matches to choose from so here are the eleven that impressed from round twenty-five 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…
Esteban Andrada || Lanús
Esteban Andrada has come in for plenty of criticism since Fernando Monetti’s knee injury promoted him to number one but credit where it’s due the 26-year-old’s outstanding penalty stop proved to be the turning point in Lanús’ victory over Atlético de Rafaela on Saturday.
Lucas Aveldaño || Belgrano
Belgrano could only manage a 1-1 draw against Patronato on Saturday but Lucas Aveldaño had an excellent game in central defence. The former Racing defender made five clearances and six interceptions but was an efficient distributor from the back completing 94% of his passes.
Alan Alegre || Aldosivi
As expected relegation threatened Aldosivi were required to do a fair bit of defending away to San Lorenzo on Sunday but Alan Alegre stood firm in defence and then popped up in the opposite penalty area to score the game’s only goal. The 26-year-old had a 100% success rate with his tackles and made five clearances over the 90 minutes.
Nicolás Tagliafico || Independiente
There have been few more deserved call-ups for Argentina than Nicolás Tagliafico’s and after proving his worth at left-back over the past 18 months, the Independiente captain is now marshalling the back four from the centre. Four tackles and four interceptions in the win over Huracán, it’s Tagliafico’s leadership that is really helping El Rojo’s inexperienced defence.
Player of the week
Wilmar Barrios || Boca Juniors
If Wilmar Barrios’ performance against Newell’s proved anything it was just how much of an error Guillermo Barros Schelotto made not playing the Colombian in the superclásico. The 23-year-old made six tackles and four interceptions in central midfield to break up play but moved the ball forward swiftly and provided the pass into Darío Benedetto’s feet for the game’s only goal.
Washington Camacho || Rosario Central
Washington Camacho has played an important part in Rosario Central’s impressive recent form and on Sunday evening came back to haunt former club Racing. The Uruguayan’s thumping header put the match out of reach of the visitors but it was an excellent overall performance in midfield.
Fabio Álvarez || Atlético Tucumán
With Fernando Zampedri and Cristian Menéndez missing, Atlético Tucumán were supposed to struggle for goals but El Decano cruised to a 3-0 win over Banfield and it was Fabio Álvarez that started it all. The 24-year-old finished off a fine move by rounding Hilario Navarro but provided an excellent all-round midfield contribution.
Gastón Giménez || Godoy Cruz
Godoy Cruz proved far too much for Vélez on Saturday and Gastón Giménez was the creative hub behind the 3-0 win. The 25-year-old notched two assists but completed an impressive seven key passes in addition to winning back possession in midfield six times.
Victorio Ramis || Talleres
Talleres had been experiencing something of a dip from their impressive form of earlier in the season but on Saturday proved far too much for Sarmiento in Junín. Forward Victorio Ramis particularly caught the eye with two goals and an assist in the 4-1 win.
Lucas Alario || River Plate
There were good performances all over the pitch for River Plate in their win over Gimnasia on Monday but without getting on the scoresheet himself, Lucas Alario was vital. With two assists, the ever-improving centre-forward displayed his all-round game and with his place in the Argentina still confirmed, it will be difficult for River to keep him out of European clutches.
Juan Garro || Godoy Cruz
Forward Juan Garro has scored some important goals in the Copa Libertadores this season but added two more in the Primera against Vélez. The academy product defended from the front, harrassing the visiting defence but importantly stuck the ball in the net when it mattered.
Goal of the week
a) Santiago García – Godoy Cruz v Vélez Sarsfield
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b) Gonzalo Martínez – Gimnasia v River Plate