A new Colombian conquers the Argentine Professional League. Jorge Carrascal and River Plate were crowned champions of the 2021 First Division Championship after the 4-0 victory against Racing de Avellaneda at the Monumental stadium. With three days to go to the end of the championship, the Millionaire won his 36th league title (the last had been in 2014) and his 68th in 120 years of history.
Palavecino opened the scoring at the Monumental
Antonio Vespucio Liberti was a party, but it was the visiting team that had the first approach, after an error in the departure of the team led by Marcelo Gallardo. Enzo Copetti recovered a ball inside the area and looked for a placed shot, but Franco Armani narrowed and saved the ball in two halves. The meeting started with great intensity.
At minute 12, River had its first dangerous play with a shot from the edge of the area by Braian Romero that demanded goalkeeper Gabriel Arias, who with a changed hand sent the ball to the corner kick. The local dominated possession and moved the ball from one side to the other to look for spaces, but he did not have the necessary depth to clearly enter the Academy area, which closed well and showed defensive solidity in the first minutes.
River Plate opened the scoring at the Monumental at minute 31. Enzo Fernández, who received in three quarters of the court and advanced to the edge of the area, assisted Agustín Palavecino with a filtered pass. The former Deportivo Cali started qualified and defined first with a crossed shot with which he beat the Racing de Avellaneda goalkeeper who went out to shrink.
River goals and Carrascal assists
For the second half, those led by the Doll did not give up their game idea and quickly got the second through his great figure in the season, Julián Álvarez. Agustín Palavecino, who a few seconds ago crashed a ball on the horizontal, tried a shot, but the rival defense blocked the ball. The ‘9’ stayed with the rebound and finished first to bring his team closer to the title.
Those of Fernando Gago did not find a way to hurt against a River Plate defense that stopped well and did not give space to their rival. River did not give up the attack and continued to generate danger. At minute 67, the local got the third after a great association play. Agustín Palavecino left Braian Romero in front of him, who finished off and beat Gabriel Arias who managed to put his body to the shot. The ball entered with suspense, but he made Núñez celebrate once more.
With 15 minutes remaining for the end of the commitment, Jorge Carrascal entered. Marcelo Gallardo wanted to continue attacking and sent the Colombian midfielder onto the field to replace captain Leonardo Ponzio. Two minutes later, the cartagenero recovered a ball in the opposite field and assisted Braian Romero with class, who was facing the goal and defined first to seal the win and secure the new title for River Plate.
Jorge Carrascal’s contribution to the title
During this season, Jorge Carrascal has accumulated 932 minutes in 18 games played. The Colombian midfielder has scored three goals in victories 2-1 vs Sarmiento, 4-1 vs Newell’s Old Boys and 3-1 vs Central Córdoba. In addition, accumulate two assistance: Julián Álvarez in the 5-0 win against Patronato and in this Thursday’s victory.
This is the fourth title of the 23-year-old from Cartagena after the 2019 Argentine Cup, the 2019 Argentine Super Cup and the South American Recover. The player also has a Copa Libertadores runner-up.