Primera team & goal of the week: Round Twenty-nine

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Team of the week returns with fifteen matches to choose from so here are the eleven that impressed from round twenty-nine 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…

Team of the week - Football tactics and formations

Augusto Batalla  ||  River Plate

The young goalkeeper has come in for a lot of criticism in recent weeks but produced a number of decent stops to keep a clean sheet and ensure that River edged past Aldosivi in the Monumental.

Emiliano Amor  ||  Vélez Sarsfield

Vélez have been anything but solid this season but in Thursday’s draw with Atlético Tucumán, Emiliano Amor was outstanding in central defence. 100% success in the tackle and a remarkable 17 clearances, the 22-year-old was a key reason behind El Fortín’s point.

Lucas Martínez Quarta  ||  River Plate

Having been hit with the news that he had failed a drug test in the Copa Libertadores only hours before, Lucas Martínez Quarta produced a mature performance in the win over Aldosivi, capped with the game’s only goal.

Nicolás Tagliafico  ||  Independiente

Another outstanding display from the Independiente captain in what was a must win game for El Rojo. Strong in the challenge, a figurehead for the rest of the defence and a useful tool in bringing the ball out from the back.

Juan Mercier  ||  San Lorenzo

He might be 37 now but Juan Mercier’s display against Banfield on Tuesday was a reminder as to why the veteran midfielder signed a new one-year deal with San Lorenzo this week. With eight tackles and two interceptions, Pichi was vital in Los Cuervos winning possession.

Nicolás Bertochi  ||  Patronato

Sarmiento may have given up somewhat since relegation was confirmed but Patronato still needed to beat what was in front of them and thanks in part to Nicolás Bertochi in midfield, El Patrón did just that.

Leonardo Gil  ||  Talleres

Talleres will count themselves unfortunate only to have taken a point away to Rosario Central but the side’s failure to defend their lead doesn’t impact on how effective Leonardo Gil was in midfield. With two assists, the 26-year-old was at the centre of everything that La T did.

Player of the Round
Emiliano Rigoni  ||  Independiente

Emiliano Rigoni was always a decent player but under Ariel Holan, the 24-year-old has elevated his game to become one of the most dangerous forwards in the league. Another two goals for El Flaco took his tally to nine for the season and helped El Rojo towards their goal of Copa Libertadores qualification.

Marcos Acuña  ||  Racing Club

It seems very unlikely that Racing will be able to hold onto Argentina international Marcos Acuña much longer and the 25-year-old showed just why once again as La Academia beat Colón. A wonderful cross from his cultured left foot created the only goal of the game.

Sebastián Dubarbier  ||  Estudiantes

Sebastián Dubarbier’s powerful finish to wrap up the points for Estudiantes was just reward for an industrious performance on the left side of midfield. The former Almeria full-back made six tackles to prevent Godoy Cruz getting back into the game.

Agustín Bouzat  ||  Defensa y Justicia

A late Temperley comeback almost cost Defensa y Justicia the points but Agustín Bouzat’s earlier contribution was just enough to secure the win. A goal and an assist for the pacy 23-year-old lifted El Halcón into the Copa Sudamericana places.

Goal of the round

Matías Vargas – Atlético Tucumán v Vélez

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