For the last time this season, Golazo selects the Primera Team of the week – with fifteen matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round thirty 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…
Player of the week
Esteban Andrada || Lanús
For much of the second half of the season, Lanús supporters have bemoaned the injury absence of first choice keeper Fernando Monetti but on Tuesday evening, Esteban Andrada was one of the prime reasons that Independiente are not back in the Copa Libertadores. The 26-year-old reduced Ezequiel Barco to tears with a penalty stop but his ten saves, denied El Rojo a celebration.
Emiliano Amor || Vélez Sársfield
Another week and somewhat surprisingly Emiliano Amor finds himself in the team of the round. The 22-year-old made an impressive eight clearances and won possession eleven times as El Fortín drew 0-0 with Temperley.
Alexander Barboza || Defensa y Justicia
Who knows where Alexander Barboza will be playing next season as it seems River aren’t all that keen but the 22-year-old has proved this season that he is a first rate defender. He certainly won’t be with Defensa y Justicia but signed off with a match winning penalty and a clean sheet.
Germán Conti || Colón
Another regular in the team of the week Germán Conti displayed all his qualities in Colón’s goalless draw with River. Successful in 100% of his tackles and eleven clearances, it’s easy to see why Marcelo Gallardo’s rotated side had such difficulty finding a way through.
Gastón Giménez || Godoy Cruz
Gastón Giménez has had a really strong finish to the season to help Godoy Cruz to a run of five wins in the last seven rounds. The 25-year-old won ten tackles in the win over Newell’s, providing a vital role in shielding the back four and winning possession.
Patricio Vidal || Sarmiento
It was undoubtedly too late given that Sarmiento’s relegation was already confirmed but Patricio Vidal was outstanding in Sunday’s victory over Atlético de Rafaela. The former Independiente forward scored twice and made the other as El Verde departed the top flight with three points.
Emanuel Reynoso || Talleres
There is already plenty of interest in Emanuel Reynoso and Talleres will do well to hold into the 21-year-old ahead of next season. Bebelo was his usual creative self in midfield with two key passes and two completed dribbles but also went about his defensive duties diligently.
Marcos Acuña || Racing Club
Another player who looks destined to continue his career outside Argentina is Racing’s Marcos Acuña and if his call-up to the Argentina squad wasn’t indication enough, his consistent excellence in the Primera suggests he is more than ready to test himself in Europe. El Huevo’s goal helped Racing obtain Copa Libertadores football and that’s not a bad parting gift.
Rodrigo Cabalucci || Olimpo
The signing of Rodrigo Cabalucci may just have kept Olimpo in the Primera as the 24-year-old midfielder has proved a revelation in Bahia Blanca. His wonderful left foot produced the golazo that capped off Monday’s vital win over Aldosivi but as a creative weapon on the left, it has turned the Aurinegros fortunes.
Darío Benedetto || Boca Juniors
Another match-winning brace for Darío Benedetto took his season tally to 21 and gave Boca Juniors a 2-1 win over Unión. Whether the champions can hold onto a striker who has now scored an impressive 23 times in 30 appearances remains to be seen.
Fernando Coniglio || Olimpo
Relegation is decided by small margins but where Aldosivi didn’t have goals, Olimpo found them in the form of centre-forward Fernando Coniglio. A real asset in the air, the 25-year-old showed he’s pretty useful with his feet in scoring two well taken goals and in doing so kept Olimpo in the top flight.
Goal of the round
Rodrigo Cabalucci – Aldosivi v Olimpo
All the season awards are coming very soon….