On the Monumental, River Plate and Argentinos Juniors are measured by the first leg of the round of 16 of the Liberators cup. Televisa ESPN and the referee is the Brazilian Bruno Arleu.
El Bicho surprised with a very aggressive stance from the start, marking the exit at the door of the Armani area, taking advantage of the unstable playing field due to the accumulated water, which further complicated the control of the ball. Thus, with balls on the left, where Avalos appeared thrown, he bothered the local.
Little by little, River managed to stand up, beyond the pressing of the visit continued. Either recovering and quickly removing the replicas, or involving the actions to the sides, or from the conduction of the centrals. At 10 minutes, the opening of the scoreboard arrived: the debutant Braian Romero scored the diagonal, got rid of his marker and yielded for Suárez, who broke the drought with a solitary touch.
At 13, still ball, the Millionaire had another opportunity: Paulo Díaz headed after a corner and Chaves contained before two rivals were about to connect. And at 17, the mobility of the band’s forwards took a toll again: Álvarez crossed, the ball drifted into Suárez, who tried to dribble the goalkeeper, but the Bicho’s goalkeeper grabbed the ball, warding off the danger.
Chaves’ save against Suárez
The party maintained its tonic. With Argentines trying to recover in the opposite field from a great physical effort to find River badly stopped, and with those led by Gallardo more incisive when they managed to connect in speed or take advantage of the spaces left by the Bug. At 35 minutes, an action in three touches derived in the center of Montiel to leave Suárez hand in hand, but again Chaves won.
Those of Núñez paid dearly for the squandered opportunities. Because At 40 minutes, a cross from the left came to the head of Sandoval, whose attempt was going astray. But on the way, Hauche’s head appeared, which he corrected and signed the 1-1.
Hauche’s scream, deflecting a Sandoval header
The Millionaire suffered more than necessary to secure your ticket in this instance due to a major coronavirus outbreak within the squad, which led to the fact that for the crucial match against Independiente Santa Fe Marcelo Gallardo only had 11 players available (Enzo Pérez, who was suffering from an injury, had to act as a goalkeeper). Those of Núñez finished in the second position of Group D with 9 units, two less than Fluminense.
Although he suffered the important loss of Rafael Santos Borré (the Colombian is the top scorer of the Gallardo cycle), the leadership managed to retain the team’s base and add two interesting pieces for the kill-kill instances. He repatriated Enzo Fernández ahead of time, a midfielder who shone with the Defense and Justice shirt, and signed forward Braian Romero (scorer of the last South American Cup), who will start as a starter. In addition, the three Copa América champions with the National Team will be in the game: Armani, Montiel and Julián Álvarez.
Argentinos Juniors, meanwhile, reached the round of 16 with other sensations. Those led by Gabriel Milito showed a solid level in the group stage to remain with authority with the first place in their area, leaving behind teams with a lot of history such as Universidad Católica de Chile, Nacional de Uruguay and Atlético Nacional de Colombia.
El Bicho bets on a 5-3-2 scheme, the same scheme he used in March during his visit to the Monumental for Date 4 of the Professional League Cup. Those of La Paternal prevailed by 1 to 0 thanks to a goal from Gabriel Florentín.
The return will be on Wednesday, July 21, from 9:30 p.m., at the Diego Armando Maradona. The winner of this key will be measured in the quarterfinals against the winner of Boca-Atlético Mineiro (yesterday they equaled 0-0 at La Bombonera).
River Plate: Franco Armani; Gonzalo Montiel, Paulo Díaz, Héctor Martínez, Milton Casco; Agustín Palavecino, Enzo Pérez, Nicolás de la Cruz; Julián Álvarez, Braian and Matías Suárez. DT: Marcelo Gallardo.
Argentines: Lucas Chaves; Jonathan Sandoval, Kevin Mac Allister, Miguel Torrén, Carlos Quintana, Elías Gómez; Franco Moyano, Jonathan Gómez, Gabriel Florentín; Gabriel Hauche and Gabriel Ávalos. DT: Gabriel Milito.
Stadium: Antonio Vespucio Liberti (Monumental)
Referee: Bruno Arleu (Brazil)
WHERE: Rafael Traci (Brazil)