Roberto, Real Zaragoza—K
12 shots allowed, but he still managed to keep a clean sheet. Maybe Roberto really is as good as the hype implied before last season.
Nacho, Rayo Vallecano—D
Levante hadn't allowed a goal in almost 300 minutes before Nacho scored. He also shut his own half down to earn a clean sheet for Ruben Martinez.
Carlos Martinez, Real Sociedad—D
Martinez had another top match against Sevilla and has been the best right-back in the league over the last couple of months.
Thiago Alcantara, Barcelona—M
What a majestic performance from this young midfielder. His touch and vision are almost unrivaled at his age and he was only missing the goal-related numbers.
Carlos Vela, Real Sociedad—M
The Mexican finished off 2012 where he started it with his seventh goal of the season against Sevilla.
Dani Benitez, Granada—M
He was pretty sloppy in midfield, but it was his goal and assist that gave Granada a huge win over Osasuna that brought them out of the drop zone.
Roque Santa Cruz, Malaga—S
Came on as a late substitute, but scored the clinching goals that gave Boquerones their first win over Madrid in 29 years.